Wednesday Oct.29, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Joe Johnson scored 25 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, to help the Atlanta Hawks hold off a late Orlando rally for a 99-85 win Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams.
Dwight Howard had 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Magic, who lost their home opener for only the second time in the last nine seasons. Mickael Pietrus added 20 points. Josh Smith chipped in 17 for the Hawks.
Orlando had a better road than home record last season in winning 52 games, and one of the Magic's priorities this season was doing a better job defending their home court.
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