ORLANDO, Fla. - Maybe all the Orlando Magic needed after a slow start was a slap in the face.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson woke up Wednesday and watched a movie.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Stan Van Gundy turned to his assistant coaches on the Orlando Magic bench, unsure what to do with star Dwight Howard finally avoiding foul trouble and his team on his way to a blowout victory.
ORLANDO, Fla. - There has been no crowd for the games the Orlando Magic have been playing lately. No officials. No true opponent.
ATLANTA - With more than three minutes to go, the Atlanta Hawks began pulling their starters. Al Horford flapped his hands, egging on the already raucous crowd. Joe Johnson clapped for the fans, then dropped his head in what looked more like relief than celebration.
ATLANTA - Jamal Crawford was playing like a rookie, even though he's been in the NBA for a decade.
MILWAUKEE - Jamal Crawford saw the end to his series-long shooting slump coming, making a promise after the pregame shootaround: It'll be back tonight.
MILWAUKEE - Brandon Jennings says he's too busy for press conferences right now. The Bucks rookie point guard is preparing to try to win Game 6 of Milwaukee's first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.
ATLANTA - With Andrew Bogut cheering from the bench while Brandon Jennings teamed with Kurt Thomas in a duo for the ages, the Milwaukee Bucks pulled within one win of an improbable first-round upset.
ATLANTA - Hawks coach Mike Woodson said Tuesday there have been no talks on a new contract with Atlanta, even amid reports that he'll be a candidate to take another job after the season.
ATLANTA - Joe Johnson thought the Atlanta Hawks had grown up enough to put away a team that's missing one of its key players.
ATLANTA - Jamal Crawford already got what he wanted most - a trip to the playoffs.
MILWAUKEE - Carlos Delfino scored 22 points with six 3-pointers and the Milwaukee Bucks pulled off their second straight playoff surprise, beating the Atlanta Hawks 111-104 Monday night to draw even in the first-round series.
MILWAUKEE - A car collided with the Atlanta Hawks' bus as the team was leaving a shootaround session in downtown Milwaukee early Monday afternoon. A team spokesman says no one was injured.
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings doesn't exactly lack self-confidence, so he knows cockiness when he sees it.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte Hornets needed a little pick-me-up after a tough - and potential costly - double-overtime loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
ATLANTA - DeMarre Carroll scored 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 99-86 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night.
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Atlanta Hawks want to do everything they can over their last dozen games to be as playoff-ready as possible.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks spent some extra time in the film room Monday. They didn't necessarily like what they were seeing but couldn't argue with what it showed.
ATLANTA - Tony Parker can't really explain why the San Antonio Spurs have been mediocre on the road this season.
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Thunder keep losing players and finding ways to win.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Harrison Barnes had 25 points, Andre Iguodala added 21 points and six assists, and the Golden State Warriors cruised past the Atlanta Hawks 114-95 on Wednesday night in a matchup of the NBA's top two teams.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Jeff Teague scored 23 points and Paul Millsap added 19 points and 10 rebounds to help the Atlanta Hawks set a franchise record with their 23rd road win of the season, 110-103 over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.
LOS ANGELES - Dennis Schroder had 24 points and 10 assists, Al Horford scored 21 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 91-86 on Sunday night.
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