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Hawks returns home to confront Magic, who is suddenly hot

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the Atlanta Hawks They’ll be looking for revenge when they start a three-game match Monday vs Orlando Magicwho have won six in a row.

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In their final meeting on December 14 in Orlando, the Magic scored a franchise record 50 points in the first quarter against the Hawks. It was the most points Atlanta have allowed in a quarter this season and gave the Magic the momentum needed for a 135-124 victory.

A franchise record of eight Orlando players scored in double digits in this win.

This was Orlando’s first win against Atlanta this season. The Hawks won their first two games by 10 and 17 points. This will be the final game of the season series.

The Magic began their four-game journey with two wins against the Boston Celtics, including a 95-92 victory on Sunday. Paolo Panchero scored 31 goals in helping the Magic extend their winning streak to six, their longest since March 2019.

“It means a lot to get out in this environment and get two straight wins against this team, a great team,” Banchero said. “I think it means a lot for our confidence going forward. We know we can compete against anyone. We just have to keep the same level of focus.”

Orlando had lost nine in a row and 11 of 12 before it caught fire.

“They believe and understand that they’re doing it on committee,” Orlando coach Jamal Moseley said. “This is what this team should be – brave, tough and fighting for each other.”

Banchero leads the team in scoring (21.6) and averages 6.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists. He scored more than 20 points in seven straight games. Franz Wagner averages 19.9 points, Cole Anthony averages 13.5 points, and Bulldogs averages 12.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.

Atlanta is coming away with a 125-106 win over Charlotte on Friday, allowing the Hawks to finish 1-2 on their road trip. Trae Young scored 31 points but Bogdan Bogdanović scored 28 in his first game of the season.

Bogdanović has been playing in limited minutes since returning from off-season knee surgery. He had come off the bench for the previous six matches but was essential in the squad due to the absence of Clint Capela (calf injury), John Collins (left ankle) and Djaaunt Murray (left ankle).

Bogdanovic scored 7-for-10 on 3-pointers. It was a boost for Atlanta’s next-ranked team in 3-point baskets. Bogdanović replaced rookie A.J. Griffin in the starting lineup. Griffin came off the bench to score 13.

Young leads Atlanta with 27 points and 9.9 assists per game. DeAndre Hunter has an average of 15.4 and Bogdanovic has averaged 19.3 since his return.

“We’re playing with our guys and bringing Bogey off the bench to bring some balance,” said Atlanta coach Nate McMillan. “But it was deregulated and I felt we needed to put some knowledge out there.”

“Everyone likes to start, but I like to finish honestly more,” Bogdanovic said. “So I talked to the coach and said, whatever you need… whatever’s best for the team.”

–Field level of arguments

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