Grades: Milwaukee Bucks 115, Orlando Magic 109 | Magic Basketball

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Mar 17

Grades: Milwaukee Bucks 115, Orlando Magic 109

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Milwaukee Bucks 115 Final
Recap | Box Score
109 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
10-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 15 REB | 4 AST | 20 PTS | -8

Fun fact: Vucevic leads the NBA with 42 games of 11 rebounds or more. More than Dwight Howard (41 games), Omer Asik (39), and J.J. Hickson (38). That’s an impressive list for Vucevic to be on and it exemplifies the type of season he’s been having for the Magic. That he outdueled the venerable LARRY SANDERS! should come as no surprise.

Maurice Harkless
9-17 FG | 2-4 3P | 2 STL | 9 REB | 23 PTS | -4

It was a banner day for the 19-year-old rookie, who had his best game as a pro. Harkless got off to a quick start on offense, scoring 17 of his career-high 23 points in the first half, before tapering off after halftime. Overall, you couldn’t have asked for better shot selection from Harkless. Most of his points came on dunks, layups, and corner threes.

Arron Afflalo
11-20 FG | 1-6 3P | 4 REB | 4 AST | 24 PTS | -9

Normally when a player scores 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, as Afflalo did, that warrants some attention, even in a losing effort. But these weren’t normal circumstances. Monta Ellis went supernova in the final period and outshined Afflalo in the process. Defensively, Afflalo tried his best to slow Ellis down once he went into god mode, but to no avail.

Jameer Nelson
7-19 FG | 1-6 3P | 4 STL | 7 REB | 16 PTS | -6

Nelson hit back-to-back layups late in the fourth quarter as the Magic were trying to quell the Bucks’ rally, but it wasn’t enough. One interesting play that Orlando has been running for Nelson lately is a 1-2 pick-and-roll with Afflalo. The Magic ran it twice in the second half and both times it resulted in a layup for Nelson.

Milwaukee Bucks

Monta Ellis have it all. That statement, uttered by the man himself in a now-infamous interview, was never truer than on Sunday afternoon. Ellis went HAM, scoring 25 of his season-high 39 points in the fourth quarter. How unstoppable was Ellis? He made all five of his 3-pointers in the period despite being a 25.8 percent 3-point shooter for the season. He single-handily won this game for Milwaukee.

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