ATLANTA, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Josh Smith boosted Atlanta to a 17-point halftime lead Thursday and the Hawks survived a dismal third period to defeat Orlando 83-78.
The Hawks, playing without Joe Johnson while he recovers from tendinitis in his left knee, ended a three-game losing streak. The Magic had won their previous two games.
Orlando managed only 10 points in the second quarter while Atlanta was building a 47-30 advantage. The Hawks then produced a mere 11 points in the third quarter to let the Magic back in it, but Orlando could never make it less than a two-possession game.
Smith made 8-of-22 shots from the field, but tallied 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Jannero Pargo added 15 points for the Hawks.