MACON, Ga. (AP) -- Al Harrington had 23 points and eight
rebounds, and Antoine Walker scored 14 points to lead the Atlanta
Hawks to a 96-88 preseason victory Wednesday night over the Orlando
The Magic (0-2) featured marquee rookies Dwight Howard, the
first overall selection in the NBA draft, and Jameer Nelson, the
2003-04 national college player of the year.
Howard fouled out after committing six turnovers while scoring 8
points in 25 minutes. Nelson scored 2 points while committing five
fouls in 25 minutes.
Steve Francis scored 18 points -- making 10 of 15 free throws --
and Stacey Augmon added 12 points for the Magic, who went more than
seven minutes without a basket near the end of the game.
Mike Woodson made his debut as Hawks coach, bringing with him
the defensive schemes that gave last season's NBA championship to
the Detroit Pistons. He was an assistant to Larry Brown in Detroit.
The Magic, who had the worst record in the league last season at
21-61, made six of their first seven shots, but went 9-for-30 to
finish the first half. The Hawks (1-0) missed seven of their first
10 shots, then went 18-of-33 to lead 51-49 at halftime.
Orlando, playing for the second consecutive night, did not use
Grant Hill, who played 16 minutes against Memphis on Tuesday. He
did participate in a morning practice, but Magic coach Johnny Davis
is taking a cautious approach, given Hill's recurring ankle injury.