Grades: Milwaukee Bucks 104, Orlando Magic 100 | Magic Basketball



Feb 19

Grades: Milwaukee Bucks 104, Orlando Magic 100

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Milwaukee Bucks 104 Final
Recap | Box Score
100 Orlando Magic

Arron Afflalo
9-15 FG | 3-6 3P | 1 REB | 1 AST | 21 PTS | +2

Afflalo tried to play the role of hero, but it didn’t work out so well for him. After a Nate Wolters 3-pointer gave the Bucks a 99-97 lead, Afflalo had the ball stolen from Giannis Antetokounmpo on the ensuing possession. Then with the Magic trailing 100-97, Afflalo missed a 3-point shot from the right wing that would have tied the game.

Nikola Vucevic
7-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 1 BLK | 9 REB | 19 PTS | +4

When his midrange jump shot is falling, Vucevic is a really good player. And his jumper was falling against Milwaukee. For a moment, it seemed like Vucevic was going to help Orlando steal a win on the road after trailing for most of the evening. His baseline jumper with 50.1 seconds left gave the Magic a 97-96 lead before Wolter’s theatrics.

E’Twaun Moore
6-12 FG | 3-6 3P | 2 BLK | 1 REB | 17 PTS | -10

The Young Guns struggled against the Bucks. That is, everyone except Moore. With Victor Oladipo sputtering offensively, Moore stepped up to provide the Magic with much-needed bench scoring, finishing the game with a season-high 17 points. Moore was most impressive at the end of the third quarter, when he finished the period with a flurry by scoring Orlando’s last seven points.

Tobias Harris
6-11 FG | 2-3 3P | 9 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | -4

It was a quiet night for Harris. He got his numbers, but it never felt like he had an impact on the game’s outcome. He was just there. Maybe with Antetokounmpo around, someone that made big plays in crunch time and was a difference-maker in Milwaukee’s win, Bucks fans can move on from the Harris trade (if they haven’t already) now that almost a year has passed.

Milwaukee Bucks

In continuing with this season’s trend, the Magic lost on the road. This time to Milwaukee, owners of the worst record in the NBA. As has been the case throughout the regular season, Orlando didn’t play with the requisite energy and effort needed to win away from home. As a result, the Magic’s road record is now 3-24. Not good.