Hawks have big 1st half, hold off Magic 86-80

Hawks have big 1st half, hold off Magic 86-80
December 12, 2012, 9:32 pm
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Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford (15) shoots against Orlando Magic's Gustavo Ayon, of Mexico, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday Dec. 12, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Josh Smith and Jeff Teague scored 16 points apiece, Al Horford added 13 points and 13 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks held off a late charge by the Orlando Magic for an 86-80 victory Wednesday night.

Atlanta extended its regular-season win streak against Orlando to eight with its second win over the Magic this season.

Arron Afflalo scored 16 points and J.J. Redick added 13 for the Magic, who were able to dig out of a huge first-half hole couldn't overcome 16 turnovers that led to 24 points.

Orlando also struggled from the field, connecting on only 31 of 81 shots, in dropping its fourth straight home game. The Magic get a chance to end the skid Friday against Golden State.