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December 30, 2013

Magic beat Hawks for consecutive victories

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Arron Afflalo scored 20 points and the Orlando Magic beat the Atlanta Hawks 109-102 on Sunday night to give them back-to-back victories for just the third time this season.

Jeff Teague scored 22 points for the Hawks in their second game without two-time All-Star Al Horford, who is out indefinitely with a torn right pectoral muscle. The Hawks were also coming off three straight, grinding overtime games, the latest of which was Saturday night at home against Charlotte.

The Hawks made the game’s first bucket, a 3-pointer, but then trailed until a spurt in the fourth quarter gave them a three-point lead. But a 9-0 run midway through the final quarter put Orlando in control for good.

Afflalo status was uncertain before the game. He turned his left ankle Friday night and was hobbled by the sprain. Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said he didn’t hesitate to play Afflalo after the guard told him pregame that his ankle was fine.

“As soon as a player tells me they’re ready to go, then I’m ready to go,” Vaughn said. “So no trepidation.”

Vaughn credited the victory to the Magic’s defensive play.

“We had some great stops tonight,” he said. “We’re at the point where we’re doing that game by game. Next is to see if we can do it quarter by quarter. And then, ultimately, possession by possession.”

The Hawks, although they wouldn’t use it as an excuse, appeared worn down by three consecutive overtime games, including one at home just the night before.

“I don’t know when fatigue comes in,” Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Obviously, we had enough to come back and take the lead. I think you have to give Orlando credit more than anything. They made some plays and their defense picked up and we weren’t able to execute.”

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