Picking up consecutive victories has been a tough task for the Orlando Magic lately and Monday’s 104-94 loss to division rival Charlotte Hornets stopped Frank Vogel’s team in its tracks. Wednesday night provided an opportunity for Orlando to start up its winning ways again versus the Atlanta Hawks and the Magic were able to do it, albeit with a little extra time needed.
The Magic (11-15) got key contributions from guard Evan Fournier, forward Aaron Gordon and center Nikola Vucevic, as Orlando narrowly defeated Atlanta 110-106 in overtime at the Amway Center. Fournier led the Magic with 27 points on the night, but came tumbling down on his ankle in the opening possession of overtime and had X-rays taken after the game, which results came back negative.
”I just saw Evan (Fournier) and he said it’s hurting him,” Vucevic said. ”Hopefully, it won’t keep him out too long. He’s a big part of what we do. He needs to take care and make sure he comes back healthy.”
Both Vucevic and Gordon were very active on the boards for the Magic, with the duo combining for 31 total rebounds on the night. The front-court combo also chipped in 46 points. Orlando just edged out Atlanta 52-49 in rebounding, but out-scored the Hawks by 20 points in the paint.
Orlando has trouble containing Atlanta point guard Dennis Schroder, who scored 26 points, nabbed five rebounds and fished out seven assists in the loss for the Hawks. The Magic were also having problems once again connecting from beyond the 3-point line, only hitting on 6-of-28 (21 percent) from downtown.
The Magic trailed 52-44 heading into halftime after scoring 31 points in the opening quarter. A clutch 3-pointer by backup point guard D.J. Augustin would help send Orlando into the extra period. Orlando will have a day off before hosting the Denver Nuggets (13-11, 6th in the Western Conference) on Friday night at the Amway Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.