January 7, 2009
NBA: Orlando 106, Atlanta 102
Dwight Howard produced his 26th double-double of the season Wednesday and Orlando fended off Atlanta 106-102.
Although the Hawks twice got within three in the final 30 seconds, they could not make the key stop that would have allowed them a shot at tying the game.
Atlanta, which lost its second straight, got 21 points from Josh Smith and 17 from Mike Bibby.
The teams will play again Friday in Orlando.