Howard scored 13 of his 18 points in the third frame as the Magic closed the gap, but the Atlanta Hawks will go into the fourth quarter with a 66-61 lead in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series at Philips Arena on Sunday.
If the Magic come back in this one, they will have to thank Howard and former Hawks-killer Gilbert Arenas. "Agent Zero," who sat for Game 3 on Friday night here, has 11 points through the first 36 minutes. They will also stage a comeback without much of a perimeter game. Orlando has connected on just 1-of-18 from behind the arc in this one.
Atlanta has dominated this game in every facet but turnovers (13) and getting to the free-throw line. The Hawks are just 5-for-10 from the charity stripe, while the Magic got to the line 23 times and converted 18 free throws. Even Howard has fared well from the line, converting at an 80-percent (8-for-10) clip.