Hawks come up short in loss to Orlando

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Monday, Jan. 21, 2019

ATLANTA (AP) -- Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic scored 29 points apiece to lead the Orlando Magic to a 122-103 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday in the season's first matchup between the Southeast Division rivals.

Vucevic had 14 rebounds and Fournier had seven assists as Orlando snapped a three-game losing streak.

Dewayne Dedmon led Atlanta with 24 points on the holiday celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and in the city where the civil rights leader was born.

Magic coach Steve Clifford and Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce both expressed uncertainties before the game about the matchups. "I think we'll have to adjust on the fly," Pierce said.

The Hawks struggled to find an answer for Vucevic. The 7-foot center made only one 3-pointer but found most of his points near the basket. He made 12 of 23 shots from the field.

Vucevic also made an impact on defense, blocking an Alex Len shot when Atlanta trailed by eight points, 103-95. D.J. Augustin's 3-pointer pushed Orlando's lead back to double figures, 106-95. The Hawks didn't mount another serious surge.

Dedmon forced Vucevic to play defense far from the basket. Dedmon made five of seven 3-pointers.

Atlanta led 44-38 before Orlando scored 12 straight points for a 50-44 advantage. The Magic led 60-57 at halftime and stretched the advantage to 91-78 through three quarters.

Trae Young had 21 points for the Hawks. John Collins had 14 points and 10 rebounds.