Atlanta (USA), May 13 (EFE) .- Serbian guard Bogdan Bogdanovich scored 27 points, point guard Trae Young reached 18 and the Atlanta Hawks easily beat Orlando Magic 116-93 in what was his fourth consecutive victory.
Bogdanovich made 9 of 12 shots from the field, including 4 of 7 triples.
Swiss center Clint Capela was once again the best in the Hawks’ inside game, posting a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds, one night after they had made the playoffs for the first time since 2017.
Atlanta has the longest active home winning streak in the NBA with 10 straight games won and 18 of the last 20 it has played at State Farm Arena.
Starting the night fourth in the Eastern Conference with one game remaining, the Hawks improved to 26-11 overall from March 1, when Nate McMillan took over as interim coach, the highest win total in the East during this period of time.
Atlanta led 81-55 at power forward John Collins’ straight three, and the Magic never came close to 17 in the second half. The lead increased to 30 on Bogdanovich’s free throws in the middle of the third and narrowed to 22 going into the fourth.
The Hawks, who won the sixth in the past seven games, rested their starters in the fourth quarter.
Rookie point guard RJ Hampton, as a backup, scored 15 points and led the attack for the Magic, who are eliminated from playoff competition.
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