Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford hit ridiculous 3-pointers as the Hawks finished the first quarter with an 11-2 run to take a 22-16 lead over the Magic at the Amway Center on Tuesday.
Josh Smith has seven points for an Atlanta team that was roughly a nine-point underdog in the Game 2 matchup.
The Magic somehow managed to go from bad to worse in this one. As if their underwhelming Game 1 perimeter shooting performance was bad enough, the team from the city made famous by Mickey Mouse have not connected on a shot from beyond the arc in the first quarter.
The Hawks on the other hand? Joe Johnson nailed a 31-footer from the "M" in the mid-court Magic logo as the shot clock expired and Crawford followed with an absolute rainbow to end the quarter after Jason Richardson committed an ill-advised foul to give the Hawks back the basketball with 1.8 seconds remaining.
As for Dwight Howard? He's been almost a non-factor so far. He had just two field goal tries in the first quarter, netted four points, grabbed three boards and committed four turnovers for an Orlando team that shot just 30-percent (6-for-20) in the first quarter. One of those field goal tries resulted in a gift bucket as the former Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy star clearly took advantage of an illegal screen.
Jameer Nelson has six points for the Magic.
Crawford posted six and Johnson added five for the Hawks, who were 4-for-7 from behind the 3-point line in the first 12 minutes.