The Hawks rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final 48.9 seconds of regulation and defeated the Orlando Magic 112-107 in overtime Monday night, ending their season-high three-game losing streak in a most improbable manner.
Steve Smith scored 38 points, and Christian Laettner added 27 for the Hawks. But it was Mookie Blaylock who came up with the biggest plays, on defense.
Blaylock (18 points) stole an inbounds pass and was inexplicably fouled by Horace Grant while driving with 2.3 seconds left. Blaylock made both free throws to tie the score at 98, and the game went to overtime when Derek Strong missed a desperation three-pointer from the corner.
Penny Hardaway, who led the Magic with 35 points, scored the first basket of the extra period, but Blaylock put the Hawks ahead to stay, 101-100, on a three-pointer. The Atlanta guard then came up with another steal and drove in for a layup that gave the Hawks a three-point lead.
With just more than a minute left, Hardaway tried to put the Magic ahead with a three-pointer, but Smith blocked the shot. The Hawks got a dunk from Darrin Hancock at the other end to lead 107-103. Hardaway screamed that he was fouled and was given a technical when he slammed the ball down.
Atlanta played without All-Star center Dikembe Mutombo, who was at the hospital with his wife awaiting the birth of their child.
Orlando seemed to be in control in the fourth quarter, building a 92-76 lead with 2:30 remaining. The Magic still led 94-84 when Grant hit a couple of free throws with 48.9 seconds remaining. But Tyrone Corbin and Blaylock hit three-pointers, and the Magic gave Atlanta a chance by missing four of eight free throws over the final 32.2 seconds.