2010 NBA Playoffs: Orlando Wins Game Two, Leading Hawks 2-0

The Orlando Magic won game two in the 2010 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Atlanta Hawks in Orlando, May 6, 112-98.

Orlando wins again, but the score wasn’t as embarrassing as game one, when Atlanta lost by a staggering 43 points.

Atlanta came out hungry and determined to regain their dignity.

Despite a bloody nose, Dwight Howard dominated again with 29 points and 17 rebounds. Vince Carter had 24 points, Rashard Lewis finished with 20 points and Jameer Nelson had 20 points for Orlando. It was the first time the Magic ever had four players score at least 20 points in a playoff game.

Al Horford led the Hawks with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Jamal Crawford came off the bench for 23 points, Joe Johnson had 19 points and Josh Smith had 18 for Atlanta.

“Go home and win. We’ve been pretty good on our floor,” Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. “They took care of their business on their home floor. We’re going to see what we’re made of.”

“He was shooting over our defense and making shots,” Horford said, speaking of Dwight Howard. “I can live with that. He had to earn everything he got.”

Dwight Howard found himself with a bloody nose after he was made a layup as he was inadvertently slapped in the face by Horford. Howard shot the free throw for the foul, and missed, with plugs in his nostrils, holding back laughter, and then left for about 2 minutes so trainers could stop the bleeding.

“I think he held his composure well,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. “He took some hard hits on the offensive end of the floor, that’s led to some frustration and at times retaliation on his part. He got hit damn hard tonight, blows that would have dropped a lot of people, certainly me.”

“I’m human. It’s not like I’m built of metal,” Howard said. “They did to me like they did the Wolverine. I bleed. I break bones.”

“We didn’t play our best basketball in the first half but we were still within arm’s reach,” Carter said. “In the second half, we played like the Orlando Magic.”

Game 3 in this series will take place Saturday, May 8 in Atlanta.

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