NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Orlando 26 24 25 24 99
Atlanta 23 29 25 26 103
4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET23:30 GMT7:30 4:30 PM MST6:30 PM EST3:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT22:30 , October 26, 2019
State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 17,078

Youth at the point when Hawks, Magic meet

According to STATS
According to STATS

Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks

  1. The Magic swept the season series against the Hawks in 2018-19, winning all four games by double figures. In the most recent matchup, a 149-113 victory over the Atlanta on April 5 of last season, Orlando scored its most points in a game since dropping 152 against the Bucks on February 20, 1995.
  2. The Magic won their season opener, 94-85, against the Cavaliers. It was the sixth time this calendar year (since January 1) that Orlando has held an opponent to fewer than 90 points, most in the NBA.
  3. The Hawks defeated the Pistons by a score of 117-100 in their opening game of the season. Atlanta was trailing by three points at the half; the Hawks went just 9-32 (.220) last season when trailing at halftime.
  4. Trae Young scored 38 points on Thursday, the most scored by a Hawks player in the opening game of a season since Dominique Wilkins dropped 39 points in the first game of 1986-87. Young also dished out nine assists in the win; since last season's All-Star break, Young is averaging 25.3 points and 9.2 assists.
  5. Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the opener. It was the 35th time since the start of last season that he has led the Magic in both in the same game. Entering games on Friday, only Giannis Antetokounmpo (49), Joel Embiid (39) and Karl-Anthony-Towns (38) led their respective teams more often in both points and rebounds over that time.
  6. After winning 25 games in 2017-18, the Magic upped their win total to 42 games last season. Their improvement of 17 wins was the largest in the NBA last season, and the second-largest season-over-season improvement in team history (+20 wins from 1991-92 to 1992-93).

Behind a pair of 21-year-old point guards, the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks started their seasons on the right foot earlier this week. They both will try for consecutive victories when they meet on Saturday night in Atlanta.

The Magic beat the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers 94-85 on Wednesday.

That game marked the Magic debut of guard Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2017, who was traded to Orlando in February after two injury-filled seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Fultz was the first player off the bench for the Magic and finished with 12 points and six assists.

Fultz worked well with center Nikola Vucevic, who led the Magic with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

"He has a terrific talent for finding people in the paint, which not everybody can," Orlando coach Steve Clifford said of Fultz.

The Hawks won their opener 117-110 at the Detroit Pistons on Thursday.

Trae Young, the No. 5 overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks in 2018, had 38 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. He shot 6-for-10 from 3-point range and 11-for-21 overall.

"Once a couple go in, I feel like I have a rhythm," Young told reporters afterward. "I try to work on my game and get the best shot possible each time down, and if I continue to do that, I'll be able to shoot efficiently and shoot better."

The Hawks also received solid contributions from De'Andre Hunter in his NBA debut. The No. 4 overall pick in the most recent NBA draft started at small forward and scored 14 points while making 5-of-8 shots, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range.

Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce said Hunter doesn't play like a rookie.

"He's a very composed individual," he said.

Young and Fultz will likely guard each other at points during the game, making it difficult for Fultz to duplicate his performance from his season opener.

Fultz averaged 23.2 points and 5.7 rebounds at Washington in his only season at the collegiate level. But after he was the top pick in the draft, he was limited to 14 games as a rookie with the 76ers and 19 last season before he was traded to Orlando and then sat out the rest of the season.

"People forget he can play," said Magic reserve shooting guard Terrance Ross. "He can see everything; that's the amazing part. Any time you get a guy that can get into the heart of the defense and then still make the right play or take it out or finish or do whatever, that's really valuable in our league."

Fultz might not become the type of scorer he was at Washington, but he still has the court vision that can make it easier for others to score.

"Just find whoever's open," Fultz said. "That's my biggest thing with my teammates. If they're open, they're going to get the ball and it's going to be on time and it's going to be on target."

--Field Level Media

Updated October 25, 2019

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