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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Orlando's never led again after Nelson's layup made it 37-35 with 3:50 left in the second.

Josh Smith, Atlanta's leading scorer following Joe Johnson's offseason trade to Brooklyn, ended the first half 0 for 5 from the field and 0 for 2 on free throw attempts before finishing the game with a season-low six points.

At least in the third, however, Smith and his teammates were playing a more complete game offensively, not just shooting jumpers.

"Whatever we did, we wanted to be aggressive doing it," Smith said. "We were able to be aggressive in that third quarter, especially taking the ball to the hole. Driving and kicking, finding the open people. Kyle got some open 3s. Whenever we picked it up on the offensive end, the defensive end took care of itself."

Atlanta, which won its seventh straight game against the Magic and fifth straight at Philips Arena, got a boost in the third after Drew told Jeff Teague and Devin Harris to push the ball harder up the floor and get their teammates running.

"We had a hard time getting our legs together," Williams said. "In the second half, we did a better job of competing. It was just exciting to get a win, especially in a kind of game like that."

Nelson, E'Twaun Moore, Josh McRoberts and Maurice Harkless each scored eight points, and Nikola Vucevic had 13 rebounds for the Magic.

Orlando's 19 turnovers led to 24 points for the Hawks.

Johnson and Teague had nine points apiece, while Harris, who started for the first time since the season-opening home loss to Houston, and Pachulia each scored eight for Atlanta.

"We just had to get our energy flowing," Smith said. "It took longer than expected, but a win's a win."