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Fournier, Vucevic power Magic past Hawks, 122-103

ATLANTA (AP) Though only 11th in the Eastern Conference standings, the Orlando Magic are talking about their playoff hopes.

One spot back in 12th, the Atlanta Hawks have not shown the consistency needed to join that discussion.

Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic scored 29 points apiece to lead the Magic to a 122-103 victory over the Hawks on Monday in the season's first matchup between the Southeast Division rivals.

Vucevic had 14 rebounds and Fournier had seven assists as Orlando snapped a three-game losing streak.

Dewayne Dedmon led Atlanta with 24 points on the holiday celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and in the city where the civil rights leader was born.

The Magic had targeted road games this week against the Hawks and Nets as starting points for a turnaround.

''We said these next couple games can define our season,'' Vucevic said. ''... We understand if we don't wake up it's going to be really, really hard for us.''

The win left the Magic only 2 1/2 games behind eighth-place Charlotte in the East.

''We're doing everything we can to get into that eighth spot,'' Fournier said.

By contrast, Atlanta is 5 1/2 games behind Orlando in the conference standings. The young Hawks have lessons to learn about consistency.

''In the first quarter I thought we were good,'' said rookie Trae Young, referring to Atlanta's 31-28 early lead. ''After that we were just out of rhythm, up and down from there. I don't know what happened.''

Before the unusually late first game between division rivals, Magic coach Steve Clifford and Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce both expressed uncertainties about the matchups. ''I think we'll have to adjust on the fly,'' Pierce said.

The Hawks struggled to find an answer for Vucevic. The 7-foot center made only one 3-pointer but found most of his points near the basket. He made 12 of 23 shots from the field.

Vucevic also made an impact on defense, blocking an Alex Len shot when Atlanta trailed by eight points, 103-95. D.J. Augustin's 3-pointer pushed Orlando's lead back to double figures, 106-95. The Hawks didn't mount another serious surge.

Dedmon forced Vucevic to play defense far from the basket. Dedmon made five of seven 3-pointers.

Atlanta led 44-38 before Orlando scored 12 straight points for a 50-44 advantage. The Magic led 60-57 at halftime and stretched the advantage to 91-78 through three quarters.

Young had 21 points. John Collins had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

TIP-INS

Magic: F Aaron Gordon (sore lower back) missed his second straight game. Clifford said Gordon is doing better but added: ''There's no way he could play. ... When you can look at him and see he's not OK, then he's not OK.'' ... Augustin had 15 points while making four of six 3s.

Hawks: Rookie F Kevin Huerter (sore neck) was ruled out minutes before tipoff. Taurean Prince had nine points as the fill-in starter, shortly after Pierce said there was no immediate plan to move Prince back into the lineup. Huerter has started 27 games and has been an emerging scorer, especially on 3-pointers. ... Jeremy Lin had 15 points.

MLK DAY

Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, who worked closely with King, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver attended the game as part of the King holiday celebration. Trae Young wrote King's famous words ''I have a dream'' on his shoe.

''Today is a different day because it's something bigger than us,'' he said.

Said Pierce, the first-year coach: ''I'm honored to be the head coach in the city of Atlanta for a lot of reasons. This is at the top of the list, to be here, in Atlanta, the birthplace of the civil rights movement, to honor Dr. King and his legacy.''

ROAD TRIP

The Hawks packed for a seven-game road trip that ends Feb. 4 at Washington. ''We can't be flat, and we were flat today,'' Pierce said of extended stretch of games away from Atlanta. ''We have to create our own energy.''

UP NEXT

Magic: Orlando plays at Brooklyn on Wednesday.

Hawks: Atlanta visits Chicago on Wednesday.

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Key Players
N. Vucevic
9 C
J. Collins
20 PF
30.0 Min. Per Game 30.0
19.0 Pts. Per Game 19.0
2.4 Ast. Per Game 2.4
10.4 Reb. Per Game 10.4
51.8 Field Goal % 57.9
51.8 Three Point % 58.2
77.5 Free Throw % 71.1
  Defensive rebound by Nikola Vucevic 0:16
+ 2 Trae Young made floating jump shot 0:49
+ 2 Jonathan Isaac made dunk 0:55
  Offensive rebound by Jonathan Isaac 0:55
  Evan Fournier missed floating jump shot 0:55
  Defensive rebound by Nikola Vucevic 1:10
  DeWayne Dedmon missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:12
+ 1 D.J. Augustin made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:21
+ 1 D.J. Augustin made 1st of 2 free throws 1:21
  Personal foul on Jeremy Lin 1:21
+ 2 Jeremy Lin made jump shot 1:27
Team Stats
Points 122 103
Field Goals 46-91 (50.5%) 39-86 (45.3%)
3-Pointers 11-29 (37.9%) 9-30 (30.0%)
Free Throws 19-21 (90.5%) 16-23 (69.6%)
Total Rebounds 49 52
Offensive 9 9
Defensive 36 35
Team 4 8
Assists 29 23
Steals 8 5
Blocks 8 3
Turnovers 11 13
Fouls 22 24
Technicals 0 2
29 PTS, 14 REB, 2 AST
24 PTS, 9 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo Magic 20-27 28323131122
home team logo Hawks 14-32 31262125103
Team Stats
away team logo Magic 20-27 105.9 PPG 45.3 RPG 25.0 APG
home team logo Hawks 14-32 112.3 PPG 46 RPG 25.7 APG
Key Players
N. Vucevic C 20.6 PPG 12.2 RPG 3.9 APG 52.0 FG%
D. Dedmon C 10.6 PPG 7.5 RPG 1.4 APG 47.9 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Vucevic C 29 PTS 14 REB 2 AST
D. Dedmon C 24 PTS 9 REB 1 AST
50.5 FG% 45.3
37.9 3PT FG% 30.0
90.5 FT% 69.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Vucevic 29 14 2 12/23 1/3 4/4 1 34 0 2 0 3 11 +8 49
E. Fournier 29 3 7 9/18 3/6 8/9 5 36 0 0 3 0 3 +4 43
D. Augustin 15 0 4 4/8 4/6 3/3 3 27 0 0 3 0 0 +7 20
J. Isaac 8 9 3 4/8 0/2 0/0 2 31 1 2 0 3 6 +9 26
J. Simmons 7 4 2 3/6 0/2 1/1 2 20 2 1 0 2 2 +3 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Vucevic 29 14 2 12/23 1/3 4/4 1 34 0 2 0 3 11 +8 49
E. Fournier 29 3 7 9/18 3/6 8/9 5 36 0 0 3 0 3 +4 43
D. Augustin 15 0 4 4/8 4/6 3/3 3 27 0 0 3 0 0 +7 20
J. Isaac 8 9 3 4/8 0/2 0/0 2 31 1 2 0 3 6 +9 26
J. Simmons 7 4 2 3/6 0/2 1/1 2 20 2 1 0 2 2 +3 18
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Ross 16 5 7 7/15 1/7 1/1 0 26 3 0 2 0 5 +22 36
J. Martin 8 1 0 3/5 2/3 0/0 2 16 0 1 1 0 1 +10 9
M. Bamba 8 2 0 3/3 0/0 2/2 1 13 1 1 2 1 1 +11 10
I. Briscoe 2 2 3 1/5 0/0 0/1 4 20 0 0 0 0 2 +12 10
W. Iwundu 0 5 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 12 1 1 0 0 5 +9 9
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Grant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Caupain - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Gordon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Birch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 122 45 29 46/91 11/29 19/21 22 235 8 8 11 9 36 +95 230
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Dedmon 24 9 1 8/14 5/7 3/3 3 26 0 0 1 3 6 -11 34
T. Young 21 3 6 8/13 0/3 5/6 2 29 0 0 4 0 3 -17 32
J. Collins 14 10 3 5/12 1/3 3/6 4 31 0 0 3 3 7 -12 27
D. Bembry 11 2 7 5/11 0/3 1/1 5 34 4 2 1 1 1 -12 32
T. Waller-Prince 9 2 1 4/10 1/5 0/0 3 25 0 0 0 0 2 -9 13
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Dedmon 24 9 1 8/14 5/7 3/3 3 26 0 0 1 3 6 -11 34
T. Young 21 3 6 8/13 0/3 5/6 2 29 0 0 4 0 3 -17 32
J. Collins 14 10 3 5/12 1/3 3/6 4 31 0 0 3 3 7 -12 27
D. Bembry 11 2 7 5/11 0/3 1/1 5 34 4 2 1 1 1 -12 32
T. Waller-Prince 9 2 1 4/10 1/5 0/0 3 25 0 0 0 0 2 -9 13
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Lin 15 1 2 5/9 1/3 4/5 4 29 0 0 2 0 1 -21 18
T. Dorsey 5 2 0 2/3 1/1 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 0 2 +3 7
A. Len 2 4 1 1/7 0/3 0/2 0 14 0 1 0 0 4 -2 9
D. Hamilton 2 6 1 1/4 0/0 0/0 1 15 1 0 0 1 5 -1 11
V. Carter 0 2 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 1 1 -4 4
O. Spellman 0 3 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 16 0 0 2 0 3 -9 1
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Bazemore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Adams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Poythress - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Huerter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 103 44 23 39/86 9/30 16/23 24 234 5 3 13 9 35 -95 188