Grades: Orlando Magic 94, Milwaukee Bucks 91 | Magic Basketball



Nov 14

Grades: Orlando Magic 94, Milwaukee Bucks 91

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Orlando Magic 94 Final
Recap | Box Score
91 Milwaukee Bucks

Nikola Vucevic
6-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 17 PTS | +2

Vucevic made two big plays. First, he came up with a huge block on O.J. Mayo with 1:09 remaining and the Magic clinging to a 92-89 lead. Then a few possessions later, Vucevic threw down an uncontested dunk that made it 94-91 with 9.2 seconds left — the Bucks failed to tie the game with a 3-pointer with no timeouts.

Victor Oladipo
4-14 FG | 1-2 3P | 2 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +10

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. How does that axiom apply to Oladipo? He shot 2-for-9 (22.2 percent) at the rim against the Bucks. Time and again, he attacked the basket. Time and again, he couldn’t convert. Oladipo really struggled, in particular, trying to finish through John Henson’s pterodactyl arms.

Arron Afflalo
11-15 FG | 8-11 3P | 8 REB | 6 AST | 36 PTS | +4

Twice this season, Afflalo has flirted with setting a new career-high in points. Tonight, the flirting reached critical mass, as Afflalo set a new career-high in points and 3-point field goals made. He seemingly couldn’t miss in the second half, and you couldn’t help but wonder what the Milwaukee players were thinking as they continuously helped off of him on defense.

Maurice Harkless
5-11 FG | 0-4 FT | 3 BLK | 9 REB | 10 PTS | +6

It’s hard to choose the play of the night for Harkless, who had a number of action-packed sequences against the Bucks. Was it his monstrous weak-side block on Khris Middleton’s layup attempt? Or his spin move and dunk off the dribble? Or his steal and dunk to beat the buzzer at the end of the second quarter? There’s no wrong answer.

Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee was without Carlos Delfino, Ersan Ilyasova, Zaza Pachulia, Luke Ridnour, and Larry Sanders against Orlando. And to make matters worse, Caron Butler left the game late in the fourth quarter with a left shoulder injury. Yet the Bucks, playing on the second night of a back-to-back, almost escaped with a victory despite dressing only eight players. A valiant effort from a shorthanded squad.