The Orlando Magic were able to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks by the score of 94-85, extending their winning streak to four games. A week after playing the Bucks on the road and needing an extended stretch of dominance in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory, the Magic used the same script at home. Trailing by eight points with 5:56 left to play in regulation and the score at 85-77, Orlando went on a 17-0 run to come back and win the game. The Magic were led by a balanced attack, as five players scored in double-figures. Dwight Howard led the way, finishing with 26 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field (including 10-of-14 from the free-throw line), 20 rebounds, and four blocks. Ryan Anderson finished with 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field (including 4-of-7 from three-point range and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line), nine rebounds, and three assists. Hedo Turkoglu chipped in with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, seven assists, four rebounds, and two steals. J.J. Redick had 11 points, while Jameer Nelson had 10 points and four rebounds. Four players scored in double-figures for Milwaukee, with Ersan Ilyasova (14 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks in 33 minutes of playing time) being the standout performer.
After the first quarter, in which the Bucks opened up a 12-point lead with the score at 27-15, the game fell into a pattern. Orlando would go on a run to either close the gap or tie the game, and then Milwaukee would respond with a run of their own to extend their lead again. This happened three times in the second and third quarters.
The Magic went on a 14-1 run in the second quarter to cut the Bucks’ lead from 15 points to two heading into halftime. In the opening stages of the third quarter, Milwaukee extended their lead back to five points.
Shortly after the Bucks widened the gap to five points, the Magic tied the game at 52 apiece. And once again, Milwaukee went on a run to stretch their lead to 10 points this time.
Later in the third quarter, Orlando put together another flurry, eliminating their 10-point deficit and tying the game at 72 apiece. But of course, the Bucks responded in kind and built another lead early on in the fourth quarter. This time, Milwaukee was up by eight points with the score at 82-74. Eventually, the score was 85-77 in favor of the Bucks before both teams experienced dejavu.
A week ago, the Magic used a 16-0 run to beat the Bucks after trailing by 10 points in the fourth quarter. On Friday, Orlando used a 17-0 run to beat Milwaukee after trailing by eight points in the fourth quarter. A week ago, the Magic relied primarily on Jason Richardson to make the comeback. On Friday, it was mostly Turkoglu that was doing the heavy lifting.
[5:45, MIL 85-79] Turkoglu makes layup
[5:45, MIL 85-80] Turkoglu makes free-throw 1 of 1
[5:20, MIL 85-82] Turkoglu makes layup
[5:05, MIL 85-83] Nelson makes free-throw 1 of 2
[5:05, MIL 85-84] Nelson makes free-throw 2 of 2
[4:50, ORL 86-85] Turkoglu makes 13-foot jumpshot
[3:16, ORL 89-85] Nelson makes 26-foot three-point jumpshot (Turkoglu assist)
[1:16, ORL 90-85] Anderson makes free-throw 1 of 2
[1:07, ORL 91-85] Howard makes free-throw 1 of 2
[1:07, ORL 92-85] Howard makes free-throw 2 of 2
[0:42, ORL 94-85] Howard dunk (Turkoglu assist)
Orlando went to their bread-and-butter play — the 3/5 pick-and-roll — to mount the charge. From the 5:56 mark in the final period up to the 3:16 mark, the Magic ran 3/5 pick-and-rolls with Turkoglu and Howard on four of five possessions. Each possession produced points. It was a methodical evisceration of the Bucks’ defense and there was nothing they could do.
Turkoglu kicked things off with a layup and the foul, making the free-throw to complete the three-point play. On the next trip down, Turkoglu made a lefty layup off the dribble. Nelson, then, was able to draw a clear path foul from Ilyasova after Brandon Jennings lost possession of the ball. Nelson made both free-throws and Orlando got possession of the basketball, which produced a free-throw line extended fallaway jumper off the dribble from Turkoglu. At that point, the Magic took their first lead at 86-85 since the early portion of the first quarter, when the score was 5-4. Turkoglu accentuated the scoring surge by executing a 3/5 pick-and-roll with Howard and finding Nelson for a three-pointer on the left wing.
Even though the score was 89-85 at that point with 3:15 left in the game, Milwaukee couldn’t hit a shot and Orlando held on to win.
Eddy Rivera is the Editor-in-Chief of Magic Basketball. Follow him on Twitter.