Tuesday, December 11, 2007
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ORLANDO, Fla. - Josh Smith had 25 points and a season-high 16 rebounds and Joe Johnson scored 24 points as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Orlando Magic 98-87 on Monday night.
It was Orlando's second straight loss, and its first losing streak this season. Atlanta won its third straight.
The Hawks led all but the opening 90 seconds, and held Orlando's prolific 3-point shooters in check almost all game. Orlando shot a season-low 39.7 percent, though Atlanta wasn't much better. The Hawks shot 42.7 percent but capitalized on 19 Magic turnovers for 29 points.
Hedo Turkoglu led Orlando with 22 points, while Dwight Howard had 14 points and 18 rebounds, Rashard Lewis scored 15 points and Keith Bogans added 12. Howard was just 6-of-14 from the free throw line.
Anthony Johnson had 15 points and six assists for Atlanta, and Smith added four blocks and five assists.
Atlanta led 49-41 at halftime, and blew the game open early in the third quarter with an 8-2 run over a 1:45 span.