Grades: Milwaukee Bucks 105, Orlando Magic 98 | Magic Basketball



Mar 11

Grades: Milwaukee Bucks 105, Orlando Magic 98


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Milwaukee Bucks 105 Final
Recap | Box Score
98 Orlando Magic

Arron Afflalo
4-14 FG | 1-5 3P | 4 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | 0

In the Magic’s first three games against the Bucks this season, Afflalo averaged 26.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game, and posted an obscene .800 True Shooting percentage. Unfortunately for Afflalo, he was unable to match those gaudy numbers on Monday. His jump shot was off and he ended up having an inefficient outing offensively because of it.

Nikola Vucevic
6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | 0

There was one stretch midway through the third quarter when Vucevic committed three fouls in the span of three minutes. The first two were offensive fouls — both drawn by Zaza Pachulia — and the third was a silly shooting foul on Khris Middleton. Vucevic got his customary double-double along the way, but he had his struggles versus Milwaukee.

Maurice Harkless
5-10 FG | 3-7 3P | 2 STL | 4 REB | 14 PTS | +8

For the first three quarters, Harkless was outplaying Middleton. He was making his corner 3s and playing solid defense. Then the script flipped in the final period. Middleton went on a 3-point scoring binge, making three triples en route to a 13-point fourth quarter. Middleton was one of the biggest reasons why Milwaukee came back to beat Orlando after trailing by as many as 18.

Jameer Nelson
5-9 FG | 3-5 3P | 3 REB | 7 AST | 13 PTS | +2

Just when it seemed like the Bucks had this one in the bag in the game’s closing seconds, Nelson made things interesting (just for a moment). With the Magic trailing 97-91, Nelson drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing with 35.8 seconds left to cut the deficit to three. Then E’Twaun Moore played spoiler by making a head-scratching foul on the ensuing possession.

Milwaukee Bucks

Early in the second quarter, Orlando was up 31-13 on Milwaukee. Tobias Harris had just knocked down a baseline jumper to give himself 11 points in the span of three minutes. The end of the world was nigh for Bucks fans. Then something funny happened. Harris didn’t score the rest of the night, and the Bucks erased the 18-point deficit and won. Crisis averted.