After a tough loss to the Orlando Magic on the road Sunday night, the Atlanta Hawks failed to pull off a win at home as well against their Southeast Division rivals, losing 117-110 in overtime on Monday.
Prior to the start of the game, the Hawks' Paul Millsap was presented with his 2016 All-Star jersey. For the third straight year, he will be representing Atlanta at the NBA All-Star game.
How It Went Down
The Hawks got out to an astonishing 26-8 lead with a little over four minutes left in the first quarter, which was much different from their seemingly slow start in the previous game. Atlanta shot 59% in the first period to take a 30-18 lead.
The Hawks started the second quarter the way they ended the first – missing shots. Within only a couple of minutes of the beginning of the second quarter, the Magic had cut the Hawks' lead, once of 20 points, in half, at a score of 32-22. Halfway through the second quarter, Atlanta had opened up a 13-point lead on a three point shot by Kyle Korver. By halftime, the Hawks were on top with a score of 54-41. Two back-to-back threes for Millsap allowed the Hawks to finish the third quarter nicely, with a score of 83-72.
It seemed as though the Hawks were maintaining their momentum going into the fourth quarter with an early shot by Horford, but after a few missed shots, it quickly became a seven-point game with just a little over nine minutes left to play.
Atlanta Fades Away
With less than five minutes left in the game, the Magic had made a drastic comeback due to a few of blocks and turnovers, cutting the deficit to one at 94-93. By the time the clock read just over three minutes to go, the Magic had taken a 96-94 advantage. That is until the Al Horford made a bucket to tie the game at 96.
Horford scored his 27th point of the game, putting the Hawks back on top, 100-97, in the final two minutes. Going into the final minute, the score was 100-98. The game then came down to a final shot by the Magic, a two to tie it or a three to win it.
The Magic's Mario Hezonja made a three point shot, taking the lead by one point and leaving the Hawks with just 14.8 seconds to win the game. A free throw by Millsap quickly tied the game 101-101, but a rebound by the Magic with 11.4 seconds allowed them yet another chance. The only factor on Atlanta’s side was the absence of remaining timeouts for the Magic. The Hawks regained possession with 1.2 seconds still left on the clock and another chance to win the game. A shot made after the buzzer by Millsap sent the game into overtime.
Atlanta struggled to find its rhythm in overtime. The Magic dominated the majority of playing time, leaving the score 110-104 with just a little over 90 seconds left to play. A three-pointer by Millsap gave the crowd temporary hope, that is until a foul was called on Horford, allowing the Magic to pick up two more points. Korver stepped up next for the Hawks with another three point shot, cutting back the point deficit to 112-110 with 50 seconds left to play.
The combination of fouls and missed opportunities resulted in an Orlando victory in overtime, 117-110. Although it seemed as if the Hawks wanted the win more in the first half, the Magic remained consistent and determined to win the game throughout.
According to Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, “They made more plays than us. We had a couple of mental mistakes... focus mistakes… we just have to do better. It’s a tough loss.”