(Updated: 10:45 p.m.)
ORLANDO – The Hawks have played like a case study for an abnormal psychology class all season, so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised by this.
They watched the opposing center beat them up for 31 points in the first half but didn’t blink. They hit only 8 of 22 shots in the first quarter, then morphed into something unfamiliar and wondrous (24 for 33 in the next two quarters). They took an 18-point lead on the road against a favored team that humiliated them a year ago and didn’t fold, like they had so often this year.
OK. Maybe you can be a little surprised.
In coach Larry Drew’s first playoff game as head coach, the Hawks took game one of their playoff series with the Orlando Magic 103-93 before a stunned Magic crowd at the Amway Center, and probably a stunned crowd of Hawks fans watched on television back in Atlanta.
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