Ivan Johnson had a double-double for the Hawks with a career-high 21 points and 10 rebounds. He filled in at center on a day the Hawks played without Al Horford and found out that Zaza Pachulia was lost for the season.
Josh Smith finished with 21 points and Harris added 17 points, 13 in the fourth quarter.
“Somebody’s got to step it up,” Johnson said. “That’s what I’m going to bring every game, every month, every week that we play. That is what I’ve got to bring. I’m one of the smaller dudes at my position. I’ve got to do something extra.”
The Hawks finished shooting 43.6 percent (34 of 78), with the help of a 58.8 percent fourth-quarter effort, and had 18 turnovers. The Magic shot 39.1 percent (34 of 87) with 19 turnovers.
With the victory, Drew moved past Bob Weiss, now an assistant coach, for seventh on the franchise’s all-time win list at 125.
The Magic (19-55) have lost seven straight road games. They were trying for back-to-back victories, something they haven’t had since a four-game win streak Dec. 14-19. The Magic have lost 42 of 49 overall and 21 of 24 on the road since Dec. 20.
Beno Udrih led the Magic with 20 points. Maurice Harkless and Nikola Vucevic each scored 17 points.
“Obviously, we’ve been struggling a little bit on back-to-backs, especially in the energy department,” Harris said. “I’m confident we’ll correct it. We’ve got some guys out but we don’t make excuses. We just go out and play what we have and execute the game plan the best we can.”
The Hawks took a 45-44 lead into intermission after a sloppy first half by both teams. The Hawks shot 40 percent (16 of 40) from the field through two quarters, taking the lead on a Smith put-back at the buzzer. The Magic shot 38.3 percent (18 of 47). Each team committed 10 turnovers.
The Magic led by eight points in the first quarter after a 17-4 run. The Hawks bounced back and led by seven points in the second quarter after starting the period on a 15-4 run. They extended their lead to as many as eight points in the third quarter and took a seven-point advantage, 67-60, into the final period. They pushed the lead to 11 points in the fourth quarter following Harris’ lead and then added to the margin down the stretch.
“We found a play that we liked that they could stop so we kept running it and, obviously, were getting good looks at it,” Harris said.
Kyle Korver extended his streak to 67 consecutive games with a 3-pointer. It’s the fifth longest streak in NBA history and just one away from tying Reggie Miller for fourth best.
The win started a four-game homestand in which three opponents – the Magic, Cavaliers and 76ers – are below .500.
“We are a team right now that is playing like we are tired,” Drew said. “Certainly there is some physical fatigue there and there is some mental fatigue. Every team in the NBA is at this stage. It’s just a matter of pushing through it.”
Notes: Horford missed his second game with a stomach illness. The Hawks are 2-3 in games without Horford this season. … The Hawks were also without John Jenkins after the rookie guard suffered a mild concussion Friday against the Celtics. There is no timetable for Jenkins' return as he must follow the NBA's concussion protocol. … Harris returned after not playing the past three games with a sore left foot.