Horford, Williams lead Hawks over Magic 81-72

Associated Press Modified: November 19, 2012 at 10:17 pm •  Published: November 19, 2012
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ATLANTA (AP) — Al Horford needed most of the first half before he felt some energy in his legs.

Such is life in the NBA when you're recovering from the flu and returning from a four-game Western trip, but Horford and the Atlanta Hawks got the lift they needed in a lopsided third quarter.

"I thought it was just me, but I was asking the guys and they were tired, too," Horford said. "And (Orlando) played a back-to-back game, and I think that made it uglier. Tell you what, I'll take the win."

Horford scored 15 points and Lou Williams added 14 to lead the Hawks past the Magic 82-72 on Monday night.

Zaza Pachulia pulled down 10 rebounds in a reserve role for Atlanta, which has won two straight and three of four.

"We didn't have our legs early," Hawks coach Larry Drew said. "I saw it early. I saw guys really gasping for air the first four minutes of the game."

Glen Davis was the only player to score in double figures with 11 points for the Magic, who have lost two straight and seven of eight.

Orlando seemed to have given itself a break by ending the first quarter with a rare lead. The Magic had trailed after the first 12 minutes in seven of their first nine games, but they were outscored 24-12 in the third and were down 14 entering the fourth.

Following a fastbreak layup by Arron Afflalo that cut the lead to three early in the third, Atlanta went on an 11-0 run over a 2:03 span ending with Kyle Korver's 3-pointer for a 59-45 lead.

The Magic were dealing with illnesses, too.

Playing on the road for the second straight night, the starting backcourt of Jameer Nelson (cough) and J.J. Redick (flu), Orlando never recovered from its listless third quarter.

"I appreciate their efforts," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "They tried to play for their teammates."

Early in the fourth, Ivan Johnson drew a foul from Redick on a runner in the lane and converted the three-point play to make it 72-50.

"I felt about as well as I played," Redick said. "I felt like I did more harm than good. I just didn't have it."

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