The Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic played perhaps the best game of the regular season so far. Atlanta, who took this game with a 86-84 win over Orlando, fought right down to the finish. The Hawks were down as many as 15pts only to fight back and ultimately take over the game. Anytime these 2 teams get together there will be massive dunks, break aways and attitudes flaring.
“I knew it was close,” Smith said. “I just crashed it. I looked and the ball was there. Joe’s a good shooter, and I knew it wouldn’t be much off.” “I knew [Johnson] was going to shoot the basketball,” Smith said. “He’s made some big shots for us. I was hoping he would make this one. But I had his back.” Indeed, he did have Joe’s and the team’s back. Moving to 46-25, the Hawks are tied with The Boston Celtics and both of them clinched their playoff berths tonight with their wins.
This was the Hawks 5th straight game decided by a game winning shot in the expiring seconds. Hawks are the #4 seed in the east behind Cleveland, Magics, and Boston. The Magics fell to 50-22 and are still a few games in back of Cleveland.