Originally written December 13, 2012 on Orlando Magic Daily:
Two stretches of the game have come to define the Magic in recent weeks -- the start of the two halves. No matter how the Magic want to cut it, they are not winning these two parts and are finding themselves in a hole that is becoming increasingly difficult to climb out of. After seeing a three-point deficit with 2:20 to play in the first half grow to 12 thanks to some brilliant teamwork from this new-look Atlanta squad, Orlando continued to lay an egg with the starters in, unable to cut into the deficit until Atlanta stretched the lead out to 19 with 8:14 left. From there the uphill climb that started with a 16-2 run right out of the gates led to a frustrating evening for a Magic team that still seemed so close, yet so far in games like these. The Magic had the lead down to eight at several times in the fourth quarter, but the Hawks seemed to have an answer or a stop to slow down the Magic's momentum in an 86-80 win at Amway Center on Wednesday. It seemed all of Orlando...
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