Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Arron Afflalo scored 21 points to lead the
Orlando Magic to a 113-102 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.
Tobias Harris contributed 18 in a reserve role and Victor Oladipo scored 15
points with seven assists in the win. E'Twaun Moore and Maurice Harkless added
13 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench in Orlando's 16th consecutive
home victory over the Bucks.
"It's good for us," Oladipo said. "We played well as a team, we did a lot of
good things. We kind of took our foot off the gas in the fourth quarter, but
other than that we played a pretty good game."
Caron Butler scored 20 points to lead Milwaukee, which dropped its fifth
straight game overall and eighth straight on the road. Giannis Antetokounmpo
notched 15 points with seven rebounds and Gary Neal tallied 13 points in
The last time Milwaukee left Orlando with a victory was a 111-105 decision on
Dec. 29, 2004.
Nikola Vucevic broke a 7-7 tie with a jumper, igniting an 11-2 run that
Oladipo closed by splitting a pair at the line after he slammed one home.
Moore and Afflalo scored six points apiece during a 14-5 run to end
the first quarter and help the hosts take a 35-20 lead into the second.
Harkless went on a personal 6-0 run to push Orlando's advantage to
47-25 with just over nine minutes left in the second.
A Brandon Knight 3-pointer cut the deficit to 16, but Harkless followed with a
layup and Afflalo buried a 3 at the halftime buzzer to stake the Magic to a
67-46 edge at the break.
Milwaukee cut the deficit to as little as 18 in the third, but the Magic were
too much and led 88-64 after three.
Butler scored 10 points during a 13-3 run to open the fourth, including
a four-point play to cap the run and pull Milwaukee within 14, 91-77, with
8:46 remaining in the contest.
The comeback was short-lived, however, as Moore followed with jumper before
Harris made a three-point play to push the cushion to 96-77 and the Magic
continued their home dominance over the Bucks with an effortless win.
"It was frustrating, but you have to keep playing," Khris Middleton said.
"Sometimes you put yourself in a position to win and sometimes you can't."
Vucevic had a streak of four straight double-doubles against Milwaukee snapped
as the big man scored 12 points with six boards ... Larry Sanders, Khris
Middleton, Knight, and Ersan Ilyasova all scored 10 points, with Sanders
adding nine rebounds and four blocks in defeat ... Orlando shot 43-of-83 (51.8
percent) from the floor ... Orlando had a 52-38 edge with points in the paint.
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