Hawks Vs. Magic: Atlanta Defeats Orlando In Overtime

The Atlanta Hawks travel to Orlando Friday for their first meeting with the Magic since ousting them in the first-round of last season's playoffs.

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NBA Standings 2012, Southeast Division: Hawks, Heat Prepare To Square Off For Division Supremacy

The Atlanta Hawks are two games behind the Miami Heat in the Southeast division as they prepare to face off on Sunday. Can the Hawks keep up and make the division a two-team race?

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Hawks Vs. Magic Final Score: Atlanta Lost Fourth Quarter Lead, Wins In Overtime 89-87

It took overtime for the Atlanta Hawks to defeat the Orlando Magic Friday night, but the Hawks nearly let the game slip away in regulation. Heading into the fourth quarter the Hawks were leading by five and within the first three minutes extended their lead to nine points and were able to hold onto a eight point lead with 2:26 left in the fourth quarter.

The Magic were able to comeback in that time by going on an 8-0 to send the game into overtime. Down two points Magin guard Jameer Nelson drove to the basket to tie the game and missed, but it was Dwight Howard who was able to grab the miss and make the put back with one second left to force overtime.

In the extra frame the the Hawks went on an 9-2 run after the Magic hit a three-pointer to go ahead for good. The Magic nearly came back when Ryan Anderson cut the Hawks lead to one when he made a three-point shot. The game then came down to free throws as the Magic's Jason Richardson and Hawks Zaza Pachulia each went one for two. After that sequence the Hawks had a two point lead with 10 seconds left. The Magic then had one last chance to tie or win the game but the Hawks defense stopped the two three-point attempts to win the game, 89-87.

The Hawks were led in scoring by Josh Smith who scored 23 points and rebounded from his poor three of 10 first half shooting to shoot six of 12 in the second half and overtime.

For more updates throughout the game, check out the Hawks at Peachtree Hoops, and the Magic at Orlando Pinstriped Post.

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Hawks Vs. Magic Halftime Score: Atlanta Leads Orlando 41-39

At the half the Atlanta Hawks are leading the Orlando Magic by two, 41-39. The Hawks are leading the Magic in the Southeast division by one game and are looking to gain ground on the division leading Miami Heat.

Both the Hawks and Magic playing nearly identical to each other Friday night. They are both three of six from the free throw line, they each have made four three pointers and the Hawks are shooting 43 percent from the field and 44 percent for the Magic.

The Hawks have spread the scoring around with Josh Smith leading the way with eight points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots, but if Smith had been able to shoot better than three of 10 from the field the Hawks might have a larger halftime lead. The Magic are being lead by Dwight Howard who is shooting four of nine from the field with nine points and eight rebounds.

For more updates throughout the game, check out the Hawks at Peachtree Hoops, and the Magic at Orlando Pinstriped Post.

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Hawks Vs. Magic: Atlanta Leads 20-17 After First Quarter

After the first quarter of play in Orlando's Amway Center, the Atlanta Hawks lead the Magic by a score of 20-17. After losing three straight games, the Hawks won on Wednesday at home against the Indiana Pacers and are looking to build off that win to work their way up from fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The Magic, are in sixth place in the conference and one spot behind the Hawks in the Southeast Division. They have won four of their last five games and are coming off a 102-89 win at home against the Miami Heat.

Through the first quarter, the Hawks were led by Josh Smith, who scored seven and was shut out from the All-Star reserve roster for the Eastern Conference. Joe Johnson and Zaza Pachulia each scored four points. The Magic was led by shooting guard Jason Richardson, who scored eight, and Dwight Howard, who scored three. Glen Davis also came off the bench to add five.

For more updates throughout the game, check out the Hawks at Peachtree Hoops, and the Magic at Orlando Pinstriped Post.

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Josh Smith Responds To Another NBA All-Star Game Snub

Josh Howard's not trying to say the NBA All-Star selection process is political, but uh, actually that's exactly what he's saying:

As we've noted earlier, Smith certainly put up All-Star like numbers (15.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.5 steals and two blocks per game for 17-9 Atlanta, a club relevant in the playoff race this season). Peachtree Hoops blogger Kris Willis speculates Smith's problems on the All-Star campaign trail start with NBA coaches - not player or fans:

Smith is likely to be a player branded for the things he doesn't do right rather than the things he does. The parts of his game that are right are enough to get him into this discussion, to place him fourth among Eastern power forwards this season, but coaches will likely always see the bad in Smith's game and choose to punish him or at best not reward him. It's not enough that Smith is at the level he is -- to get their vote, he must realize all he possibly could be.

For more on the NBA All-Star game, check out SB Nation's NBA page. For Hawks news and updates, visit Peachtree Hoops.

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Hawks Vs. Magic Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Atlanta Hawks travel to Orlando Friday for their first meeting with the Magic since ousting them in the first-round of last season's playoffs.

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Atlanta Hawks Roster: Free Agent Center Erick Dampier Signs 10-Day Contract

The Atlanta Hawks finally added some depth to its frontcourt by signing free agent center Erick Dampier to a 10-day contract.

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