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Hawks vs. Magic: Atlanta needs killer instinct

Atlanta head coach Larry Drew says his team needs to play with more of a killer instinct when it has a lead.

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The Atlanta Hawks won in Orlando on Wednesday night, but they had to stave off a late rally by the Magic. Atlanta led by 12 at halftime and pushed that lead to 19 in the third quarter, but it struggled offensively in the fourth quarter, which helped the Magic get back into the game. The Hawks held on for an 86-80 win.

Afterward, Hawks head coach Larry Drew said his team needs to get tougher when it has a lead and not allow opponents to rally. "For our team, we are going to have to learn to develop a killer instinct when we get a team down," Drew said. "Right now, we don’t have it. We allow teams to get back into games."

The Hawks are off to a 13-6 start to the season, which has them in second place behind Miami in the Southeast Division. They return to the floor Thursday night to host the Bobcats.

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