Atlanta Hawks' Taurean Prince (12) and Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon (00) go after a loose ball during the first half Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Orlando, Fla.
Photo: John Raoux/AP
Photo: John Raoux/AP

Poor shooting dooms Hawks against Magic

Aaron Gordon added 22 points and eight rebounds for the Magic, who remained a game behind Miami in the chase for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Wes Iwundu helped Orlando overcome 38.8 percent shooting with a career-high 14 points and seven rebounds. 

Trae Young led the Hawks with 20 points. 

Vucevic scored Orlando’s first 13 points and sparked an early nine-point Magic lead. 

When the Hawks called timeout with 6:51 left in the first quarter, Vucevic had made six of eight shots while every other starter in the game was 2 of 16 from the field. 

The Hawks never caught up, but were down by only five in the closing minutes when Terrence Ross came up with a steal and fed D.J. Augustin for a short jumper. 

After averaging 123.1 points in their first 12 games after the All-Star break, the Hawks shot 42 percent and compiled their lowest scoring output since a 106-91 loss to the New York Knicks on Feb. 14. 

The Hawks missed their first 11 3-point attempts and finished 8 for 35. 

Hawks forward John Collins, coming off five straight games of 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds, went to the bench with three fouls early in the second quarter and fouled out with 2:21 left in the game.

Atlanta hosts Houston on Tuesday night. 

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