There was something about playing Orlando last season that brought out the best in the Atlanta Hawks.
That trend apparently has trickled into a new year.
Using most of the same blueprint that allowed them to dominate the Magic in both the regular season and playoffs last season, the Hawks used their size and some timely free throw shooting late to grind out an 89-87 overtime victory Friday night.
Josh Smith had 23 points and 19 rebounds, and Joe Johnson scored four of his 14 points in the extra period and added five assists for the Hawks, who won their fourth straight regular-season meeting with Orlando dating to last season. Atlanta won its second straight overall since snapping a three-game losing streak.
''This team knows our offensive and our defensive schemes, and we know their schemes. We just gotta try to outplay them,'' Smith said. ''Tonight we were able to come in and play up to our ability and play with a certain kind of physicality.''
Ryan Anderson led the Magic with...