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Hawks defeat Magic 112-107

Rumeal Robinson scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half and had two key assists in the final minute Friday night, leading the Atlanta Hawks to a 112-107 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Kevin Willis led the Hawks with 28 points and 15 rebounds, including a clutch 15-foot jumper off a pass from Robinson to give Atlanta a 107-103 lead with 58 seconds to go.

Robinson, who also shut down the Magic's Scott Skiles defensively in the fourth quarter, passed to Blair Rasmussen on the Hawks' next possession and the Atlanta center hit a baseline jumper to make it 109-105.

Robinson hit a free throw and Willis added two points from the foul line in the last 15 seconds to enable to Hawks to break a two-game losing streak. Atlanta is 3-5 since losing Dominque Wilkins for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Orlando, which has lost eight of its last nine games, played without leading scorer Nick Anderson, who fractured the bone around his right eye during an incident Thursday night at a concert in Orlando Arena.

Skiles led the Magic with 22 points, but Robinson held him to just two in the final period _ a layup with one second left. Anthony Bowie added 19 points for Orlando.

Stacey Augmon added 17 points and Duane Ferrell had 16 for the Hawks. Willis hit 12 of 14 foul shots and Robinson had 10 assists while hitting eight of 16 shots from the field.

"I think when Dominique's out there, Rumeal is reluctant to shoot, like he's thinking "this is 'Nique's team and how do I get the ball to this guy,"' Hawks coach Bob Weiss said. "When he is not out there, Rumeal feels more confident when he takes his shot. He's not worrying "should I be giving the ball to Dominique?"'

Orlando, which got 17 points from Jeff Turner, rallied from a 12-point deficit to lead 59-55 at halftime. A 13-0 spurt in the third quarter carried the Hawks to a 68-64 lead and Paul Graham's basket with 4:46 left in the third quarter put Atlanta ahead for good.

"I think it was an overall effort," Robinson said. "Kevin played all the way through, hitting good shots and rebounding. Stacey picked us up in the first half when we weren't doing so well It's been critical because we have been losing games in the last five minutes. Hopefully, we've found an answer for it."

Around the league

Suns sign Burtt: Phoenix signed free-agent guard Steve Burtt to a 10-day contract. Burtt, who had been playing for Oklahoma City in the Continental Basketball Association, replaces Negele Knight on the Suns' active roster. Knight was placed on the NBA's injured list Thursday with a sprained neck muscle suffered in practice Feb. 10. The 6-foot-2 Burtt, out of Iona College, was a second-round draft pick of Golden State in 1984. He played for the Warriors during the 1984-85 season and for the Los Angeles Clippers in 1987-88.

Stern on Nike: NBA commissioner David Stern said he isn't troubled by the decision of Michael Jordan and Nike to enforce an exclusivity clause in his contract that will prevent the NBA from using Jordan's image on apparel. "Players like Michael are well known and have a right to create their own entities," Stern said. "This is not a major source of income to NBA Properties."

Hawkins movie: A television movie will be produced this year on the life of Connie Hawkins, who was named to the Basketball Hall of Fame earlier this month. Entitled Hawk, the production is scheduled for broadcast in 1993.

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