Bucks dominate Magic 123-92 for 4th straight win
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Jrue Holiday scored 18 points and the Milwaukee Bucks opened the biggest halftime lead in franchise history en route to a 123-92 blowout against the Orlando Magic on Monday night.
The Bucks’ 77-36 lead at the break was also Orlando’s biggest halftime deficit.
Prior to Monday, Milwaukee’s biggest halftime lead was a 78-40 advantage over Detroit on December 26, 1978. The Bucks won that game 143-84.
Milwaukee won their fourth game in a row and still haven’t lost a game this season in which their top three players – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Holiday – were all in the lineup.
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“Obviously we miss Brook (Lopez) and Donte (DiVincenzo), but still having most of our guys here just gives us the confidence to go out there and play and play our game and play our brand of basketball. Bucks forward Bobby Portis said. “I think our team is improving game after game.”
The Bucks eventually increased the lead to 51, becoming the first team to lead a game of at least 50 points this season. The biggest lead this season at Monday’s start was 45, by Minnesota in a 138-95 victory over Memphis on Saturday.
Milwaukee beat Orlando for the second time in three nights. The Bucks won 117-108 on Saturday.
“It’s good to play against a team again and to have that look and feel,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Our guys played well tonight, executed on both sides, including coming out in the third quarter. Lots of good things tonight for us.”
Orlando played both games without top scorer Cole Anthony, who suffers from a sprained right ankle. Magic coach Jamahl Mosley was unsure of Anthony’s return.
“No schedule at this time,” Mosley said ahead of the game. “We’re just going to continue to see how he progresses through rehab.”
Pat Connaughton of Milwaukee scored 17 and shot 5 of 7 for 3 runs. Antetokounmpo had 12 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in just 24 minutes.
Grayson Allen and Jordan Nwora each added 14 points for the Bucks. Portis scored 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Middleton scored 12 points.
Moritz Wagner led Orlando with 18 points. The Magic also got 14 from RJ Hampton, 13 each from Robin Lopez and Mychal Mulder and 12 from Chuma Okeke.
“Give the Bucks all the credit for the way they played,” Mosley said. “They’re the world champions for a reason. They’ve increased the pressure. It’s a great measuring tool to help us understand the things we need to do to keep growing, keep improving, and keep developing. . “
Lights went out at the Fiserv Forum ahead of the game as a moment of silence was observed for people who were killed or injured when an SUV crashed into a Christmas parade on Sunday in suburban Milwaukee in Waukesha.
At least five people died and 48 were injured. Police said they are laying five counts of intentional homicide against Darrell Brooks Jr., a 39-year-old man from Milwaukee.
Magic: Mulder scored 13 points in each of those two games in Milwaukee. Before those two games, he had scored just three points all season.
Bucks: Semi Ojeleye missed a second straight game with a sore right calf. Budenholzer did not offer a schedule but said “there is an injury or a significant situation with his calf”. Budenholzer added that “time is going to run out.” … Antetokounmpo was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday. He averaged 33.3 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 2.7 blocks and 1.7 steel in three games.
Magic: welcome Charlotte on Wednesday. The Magic lost at home to the Hornets 120-111 on October 27.
Bucks: Host Detroit on Wednesday to end a five-game homestand. The Bucks have won their last 11 regular season games with the Pistons, including 117-89 in Detroit on November 2.
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