Isaac, Vuce­vic help power rout

Magic fol­low up huge vic­tory against Bucks by run­ning past Hawks

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS MONDAY - By Gabriel Sto­vall Or­lando Sen­tinel Cor­re­spon­dent

AT­LANTA — The Or­lando Magic con­tin­ued to look like a team with no in­ter­est in tank­ing, shak­ing off a slow start and rout­ing the At­lanta Hawks 124-108 Sun­day night.

Or­lando rode the wave of Jonathan Isaac and Nikola Vuce­vic, es­pe­cially in the first half.

Vuce­vic scored 19 points, with 15 of those com­ing in the first two quar­ters, while Isaac added 17 points.

One of Vuce­vic’s key early scores was a sec­ond-chance bucket off an of­fen­sive re­bound, stop­ping a mini At­lanta spurt that chopped Or­lando’s dou­ble-digit lead to six with a lit­tle more than two min­utes left in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Vuce­vic also sank a pair of free throws that were a part of an 11-2 run that ex­tended Or­lando’s 52-46 lead to a com­mand­ing 63-48 half­time ad­van­tage. It was Or­lando’s way of shrug­ging off a slow start in the first quar­ter that fea­tured nip-and-tuck ac­tion, re­sult­ing in the Magic cling­ing to a 26-25 lead go­ing into the sec­ond quar­ter.

Ter­rence Ross came off the bench to pro­vide 18 points. Or­lando saw seven scor­ers reach dou­ble fig­ures.

But the Magic got, per­haps, a bit of an un­ex­pected boost from power for­ward Aaron Gor­don.

Gor­don was con­sid­ered ques­tion­able af­ter tak­ing a hard fall dur­ing Satur­day’s 103-83 win at Mil­wau­kee, but he fin­ished the game with 12 points on 4-of-9 shoot­ing and also chipped in three as­sists.

The Magic buried four of their seven first-half 3-point­ers in the last four min­utes of the sec­ond quar­ter and fin­ished 11-of-29 from be­hind the arc. Isaac went 3-of-6 from long range for the game while both Gor­don and Jar­rell Mar­tin knocked down a pair of 3s.

At the start of the third, Gor­don picked up where he left off as he slashed to the bas­ket for a layup de­spite two Hawks keep­ing their hands in his face. Two pos­ses­sions later, a two-handed slam by Evan Fournier pushed the Magic’s lead to 68-48 and prompted At­lanta to call time­out at the 10:31 mark of the third.

JOHN BAZEMORE/AP

At­lanta Hawks for­ward John Collins gets bumped as he goes up for a shot as Or­lando Magic cen­ter Nikola Vuce­vic de­fends Sun­day.

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