Evans Leads Magic Past Hawks

Ex-Laker has 23 after halftime in largely meaningless game
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 15, 2008 10:34 PM CDT
Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu (15) of Turkey, takes a shot against Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson, left, during the first quarter.   (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)
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(Newser) – Maurice Evans scored 27 points and six of his Orlando teammates also scored in double figures, leading the Magic to a 121-105 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. Evans scored 23 points in the second half as both playoff-bound teams substituted liberally, knowing the game had no impact on their postseason positioning.

Orlando already clinched the Southeast Division and will be the No. 3 seed in the East. The Hawks are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 1999 as the eighth-seeded team. The Hawks led 55-51 at halftime, but the Magic quickly took control after the break. Evans gave Orlando an 82-70 lead with 3 minutes left in the third quarter.