The Atlanta Hawks blew open this game in the first quarter against the Orlando Magic by racing out to a 13-point lead after the first quarter. The Hawks largest run in the first quarter was 7-0, but besides that they were just slowly expanding their lead and were up double-digits after the first quarter. The second quarter was much of the same and the Hawks now lead 62-42 at the half.
The Magic are playing without Dwight Howard who is getting a second opinion on his injured back, but no other Magic player has stepped up in his absence. They are shooting only 35 percent from the field and their leading scorer is Glen Davis who has only eight points.
The Hawks have fully taken advantage of the Magic's lack of execution tonight and are having one of their best offensive games of the year. As a team they are shooting 56 percent and have made six shots from three-point range.
The offense is spread around with five players who have scored eight or more points with Joe Johnson and Josh Smith leading the way with 11 and 10 points each. Even Tracy McGrady is getting in on the scoring with nine first half points which is the most he has scored in a month.