Originally written December 12, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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ORLANDO -The Atlanta Hawks beat the Orlando Magic for the eighth consecutive time Wednesday night, riding center Al Horford, power forward Josh Smith and another strong defensive performance to an 86-80 victory. Horford had 13 points and 13 rebounds, his seventh consecutive double-double. Smith had 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots. Guard Jeff Teague had 16 points. The Hawks have the third best record in the Eastern Conference, trailing only the Knicks and the Heat. The Magic (8-13) were led by Arron Afflalo with 16 points and reserve J.J. Redick with 13 points.The Hawks (13-6), who have become one of the best defensive teams in the NBA, never trailed in the second half. The Magic never got closer than six points. The Magic, who were coming off a successful, West Coast trip (3-2), struggled throughout the night, hitting just 38.3 percent from the field. The Hawks let a 14-point lead in the first half disappear, but the 19-point lead they built early in th...
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