Hawks Top Magic, 111-92, For Fourth-Straight Victory

ORLANDO, Fla. — Point guard Dennis Schroder had 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds in leading the Atlanta Hawks to a 111-92 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night at the Amway Center.

The Hawks (19-16) won their fourth consecutive game. The Magic (16-21) lost for the third time in their last four games.

Atlanta guard Kent Bazemore had 17 points and hit all three of his 3-point shots. Paul Millsap scored 16 points and center Dwight Howard, who started his career in Orlando, had 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed 12 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, and Malcolm Delaney finished with 11 points for the Hawks.

Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton led the Magic with 15 points each. It was Payton’s first start in more than month.

Evan Fournier had 14 points in a reserve role. Nikola Vucevic and Jeff Green each scored 10 points.

Magic forward Serge Ibaka, who had nine points and 11 rebounds, was ejected with 2:14 remaining after his second technical foul.

The Magic never got closer than four points in the fourth quarter and never led in the second half.

Hardaway hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter for a 86-70 Atlanta lead. The Magic closed to 88-84 after a 9-0 run, but the Hawks pulled away when Howard scored six points in the next three minutes.

The Hawks led 78-65 going into the fourth quarter. Gordon converted a three-point play that pulled the Magic within four late in the third quarter, but the Hawks responded with a 9-0 closing run.

The Hawks shot 54.8 percent from the field in the first half and grabbed a 52-47 lead. Schroder scored 10 points before intermission and made 5 of 7 shots from the field. Bazemore made both his 3-point attempts.

The Hawks led by as many as nine points late in the second quarter. The Magic had 11 turnovers in the first half and looked slow defensively.

Gordon had 10 points in the first quarter when he hit two 3-pointers, but he failed to score in the second quarter.

The Magic led 26-23 when they closed the first quarter on a 16-6 run, including a 3-point play by Payton for their first lead in the game.

The Hawks scored the game’s first eight points but also committed seven turnovers in the first 12 minutes.

NOTES: G Evan Fournier, the Magic’s leading scorer, returned after missing five games with a bruised heel. Orlando went 3-2 without him. For the first time this season, he played a reserve role. … Magic PG Elfrid Payton moved back into the starting lineup after servingas a reserve the last 20 games. He replaced D.J. Augustin. … Hawks PF Paul Millsap met with coach Mike Budenholzer earlier this week to discuss trade rumors about him. Millsap, who is expected to opt out of his contract this summer and become a free agent, leads the Hawks in scoring (17.8 ppg). The Hawks have been exploring numerous trade options. … The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the Hawks will soon retire the jersey number (44) of Pete Maravich, who played in Atlanta from 1970 to 1974. The No. 7 that he wore for Utah and New Orleans already has been retired. … The Magic reassigned little-used G C.J. Wilcox to their D-League affiliate in Erie, Pa. … The Magic scored 131 points and beat the Hawks in Atlanta last month when Payton had career highs of 26 points and 14 assists.

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