Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/7

Game 1: Friday, December 7th
Game 2: Saturday, December 8th
Game 3: Tuesday, January 22nd
Game 4: Tuesday, April 16th

Hawks 86

(14-27, 4-17 away)

Magic 100

(22-21, 12-8 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:30 PM ET, January 22, 2002

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 24 17 20 2586
    ORL 19 28 28 25100

    Top Performers

    Atl: J. Vaughn 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Ast

    Orl: P. Garrity 23 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast

    Hawks-minus-two no match for Magic

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Doc Rivers jokingly credited the league office for the Orlando Magic's latest victory.


    "I really think the rules about fighting ... I love them," Rivers said, laughing. "I think they're great rules."

    Pat Garrity had a season-high 23 points, and the Orlando took advantage of Atlanta missing its top two scorers and defeated the slumping Hawks 100-86 Tuesday night.

    Atlanta played without leading scorer Shareef Abdur-Rahim, suspended earlier in the day for three games and fined $15,000 for fighting with Houston's Kenny Thomas on Monday. Jason Terry, was suspended for one game and fined $7,500 for throwing a punch during the altercation.

    Abdur-Rahim is averaging 20.1 points and Terry 18.7 for the Hawks, who have lost seven of their last eight games.

    "We can't use that as an excuse," Atlanta's Cal Bowdler said. "We have been playing with injuries all year. Most NBA squads at some point do not have their whole squad."

    Garrity shot 9-for-13 and the Magic got 40 points their reserves -- all on a night starters Tracy McGrady and Mike Miller combined for 14 points.

    McGrady finished with nine points, nine rebounds and eight assists in 29 minutes. He shot 4-for-7 in his second lowest scoring performance of the season. Miller was 2-of-8 for a season-low five points.

    "Tracy has nine points and Mike Miller has five," Rivers said. "That is a strange, strange number and we score 100 points. That's hard to figure out so I'm not going to try.

    "I'm glad they don't draw up pictures of wins. I'm glad they just put up numbers."

    Orlando's Darrell Armstrong was 6-of-8 from the field, finish with 15 points and Don Reid came off the bench to hit 7-of-8 shots for a season-high 15 points in 19 minutes.

    The Magic went up by 20 when Reid's basket made it 84-64 with 7:35 remaining in the game. Orlando led by no fewer than 14 points in the final quarter and finished shooting 55.9 percent for the game.

    "They shoot it very well and they make a living off of driving to the basket and kicking it out for open shots and shooting the three in transition," Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said. "That's one of their strengths and they're very good at it."

    All five Atlanta starters scored in double figures. Jacque Vaughn and Hanno Mottola each scored 14. DerMarr Johnson had 13, Mark Strickland 11 and Nazr Mohammed 10.

    Atlanta got 24 points from its reserves, including Dion Glover who had 13.

    "It is kind of ironic because their supposed 'players' were held to a score we didn't mind," Vaughn said. "They had a guy like Pat Garrity who got off and changed the momentum of the game.

    "We were short-handed but came out believing we had a chance to win which is a good thing."

    Orlando took the lead for good when Garrity's jump shot put the Magic up 40-39 at the 2:48 mark of the second quarter. He followed with a 3-pointer and another jumper that gave the Magic a 45-39 lead.

    Garrity had 16 points at the half to give Orlando a 47-41 lead. Atlanta shot 46.3 percent and benefitted from 12 Magic turnovers, including nine in the first quarter.

    Game notes
    Atlanta guard Emanual Davis will undergo season-ending surgery on his left wrist. He was replaced on the roster by forward Ira Newble, who was signed to a 10-day contract. ... Orlando activated rookie Jeryl Sasser, who has played in three games this season. He went on the injured list Jan. 4 with tendinitis in his right knee.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 86 100
    FGM-FGA 37-77 (.481) 38-68 (.559)
    3PM-3PA 1-3 (.333) 8-17 (.471)
    FTM-FTA 11-15 (.733) 16-22 (.727)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-33 8-37
    Assists 19 27
    Turnovers 14 18
    Steals 11 8
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 4 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/1) 16 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Jacque Vaughn Vaughn
    Points: 14
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Pat Garrity Garrity
    Points: 23
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0