Dejounte Murray feels the Atlanta Hawks will learn better from an ugly win than an empty loss. “Like I was preaching after the game, we have to grow,” Murray said following Atlanta’s 126-125 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday.
“From me. The way we’ve been playing, these games show that we’re not trying to win and go to the playoffs and make noise. We have to grow. It’s okay to learn from defeat, but it’s better to learn from defeat. We got slow and comfortable and almost lost the game.”
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Dejounte Murray hit two clutch free throws in the final seconds of Monday’s win. Orlando overcame a 13-point deficit and went on a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter to take a 125-124 lead.
Although the Magic outscored them 31-22 in the final period, the Hawks led 34-27 at the end of the first quarter. Murray finished with 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 38 minutes.
Dejounte Murray believes the Hawks need to finish strong in the fourth quarter, especially against sub-.500 teams.
In 26 starts this season, the sixth-year guard is averaging 20.6 points, 5.4 boards, 6.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He is also shooting 44.9% from the field and 35.5% from beyond the arc.
Of course, after Dejounte Murray made both free throws, Paolo Banchero missed a 3-pointer for Orlando. The Magic’s loss snapped their six-game winning streak. It was their seventh straight win since January 2011.
Trae Young fouled out, and Dejounte Murray knocked down 2 clutch free throws to win. @ATLHawks!
Murray: 17 PTS
AJ Griffin: 19 PTS
Markelle Fultz: 24 PTS, 9 AST
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After defeating the Hawks Magic, the team is now 16-15 and eighth overall in the Eastern Conference standings. They have the same record as Miami.
Moreover, Atlanta is 13th in the league in scoring this season, averaging 114.3 points per game. The Hawks are 19th in scoring per game while allowing 115.4 points per game.
In the year On November 25, in Atlanta’s 128-122 loss to the Houston Rockets, Dejounte Murray scored a season-high 39 points in 36 minutes. He shot 14-of-24 (58.3%) from the floor and 8-of-13 (61.5%) from deep.