NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Orlando|
(Wednesday, November 13th)
Final Score: Orlando 94, Milwaukee 91
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Arron Afflalo put on a shooting clinic in
leading a second-half rally that propelled the Orlando Magic to a 94-91
victory over a short-handed Milwaukee Bucks squad at the Amway Center.
Afflalo knocked down a career-high eight 3-pointers in 11 attempts and racked
up a personal-best 36 points -- 29 of which came after halftime -- as Orlando
overcame a 19-point second-quarter deficit to halt a three-game skid. The
talented guard finished 11-of-15 from the field while adding eight rebounds
and six assists.
"He had a courageous effort, I call it, to not let his team lose," Magic head
coach Jacque Vaughn said of Afflalo. "On both ends of the floor he was great
Nikola Vucevic contributed a double-double to the Magic's comeback, recording
17 points and 11 rebounds.
Milwaukee, which dressed only eight healthy players due to injuries, was
outscored by a 71-55 margin after the first quarter en route to a third
consecutive defeat and 15th straight to the Magic in Orlando.
"I was hoping we would be able to sustain, particularly in the second half,"
said Bucks head coach Larry Drew. "And we did wear down."
O.J. Mayo tallied 25 points and Caron Butler had 20 for the Bucks. Khris
Middleton set a career high with 19 points while pulling down eight rebounds
in the loss.
Orlando trailed 70-59 with under five minutes to go in the third quarter, but
Afflalo and rookie Victor Oladipo sparked an 11-0 run that changed the
momentum of the game. Oladipo netted the first five points of the burst, which
Afflalo capped with a pair of 3-pointers that drew the Magic even.
"I was a little disappointed in the first half at our energy level, so I just
basically wanted to come out and be aggressive in the second half," said
The teams then traded baskets for several minutes before Afflalo took over
once more, canning another triple with 7:49 left that gave Orlando its first
lead of the night at 79-76. He buried another a minute later for an 84-78
Milwaukee battled back, though, using an 8-2 surge capped by John Henson's
layup off a Butler feed to go up 89-88 with 2:47 remaining.
The Bucks came up empty on their next possession, however, and Afflalo was
fouled while driving to the hoop with 2:06 to play. He calmly sank both free
throws to put Orlando back in front.
Following another unsuccessful Milwaukee trip, Afflalo hit two more foul shots
for a 92-89 edge, then sealed the win by dishing to Vucevic for a dunk with
9.2 seconds on the clock.
The Bucks' offense was clicking early on, firing on 58.3 percent of its field
goal attempts in the opening quarter to build an early lead. A 13-5 sequence
in which Butler put up seven points put Milwaukee up 21-11 midway through the
period, and the veteran forward made all three free throws when being fouled
beyond the arc shortly afterward to stake the Bucks to a 32-17 cushion with
2:35 left in the frame.
Butler carried his success into the second quarter, swishing through a 3-
pointer just over four minutes into the stanza to extend the Bucks' margin to
Orlando, which went a woeful 2-of-11 from the perimeter prior to the
intermission, finally got something going late in the first half. The Magic
outscored Milwaukee by an 11-4 margin over the final four minutes, and closed
within 54-45 at the break after Moe Harkless' steal and fastbreak dunk right
before the buzzer.
The Bucks last won in Orlando via a 105-97 decision on Mar. 3, 2004 ... Guards
Brandon Knight (hamstring) and Gary Neal (sore left foot) and center Zaza
Pachulia (foot) all missed the contest for Milwaukee, while forward Ersan
Ilyasova (ankle) and center Larry Sanders (thumb surgery) sat out a fourth
consecutive game. In addition, guard Luke Ridnour (back) and forward Carlos
Delfino (foot surgery) have yet to play this season, while Butler injured
his left shoulder when colliding with Middleton for a loose ball with 1:24
left to play ... Afflalo's previous career best was 32 points, set against
Sacramento while with Denver on Mar. 5, 2012 ... Middleton's former career
high was 14 points, set against Dallas while with Detroit on Mar. 8 of
last season ... The Magic fined injured forward Glen Davis an undisclosed
sum Wednesday after he was caught destroying property at an Orlando hotel that
reportedly didn't hold his reservation.
11/13 23:28:34 ET