Wednesday Jan 7, 2009
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Orlando Magic built a big lead, then held on to hand the Atlanta Hawks a rare loss at home.
Dwight Howard had 23 points and 19 rebounds, helping the Magic hold on for a 106-102 victory Wednesday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Southeast Division.
Orlando nearly squandered a 21-point advantage, catching a huge break when Mike Bibby missed a breakaway layup that should have pulled the Hawks within two points with just under 1 1/2 minutes remaining. The Magic went nearly 5 minutes without scoring in the final period, but the Hawks couldn't hit enough shots to complete the comeback. Josh Smith led Atlanta with 21 points.
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