Magic Complete Season Sweep of Milwaukee
Recap by Andrew Melnick of Howard the Dunk:
The Orlando Magic raced to a 17-point first quarter before inevitably allowing the Milwaukee Bucks to get back in the game. Eventually, the Magic took over in the fourth quarter, finishing off the Bucks off 114-98.
Dwight Howard led the Magic with 28 points and 14 rebounds while Brandon Jennings scored 27 points to lead the Bucks.
After building a huge lead, the Magic again let their opponent right back in it. Giving a pathetic defensive effort in the second quarter, the Magic allowed the Bucks to score 39 second quarter points on 15-of-23 shooting. If not for a Hedo Turkoglu three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer, the Magic would have been trailing. Instead, they entered the half with a one-point lead, 61-60.
After the game, Van Gundy looked very upset and quickly let it be known the Magic’s play in the second quarter was his problem.
“We came out very well, we were ready to play,” Van Gundy told reporters. “And then we got the lead and we gave up 39 points in a quarter. I was not very happy at halftime with what we had done defensively.”
The Magic came out in the second half and turned up the heat, holding the Bucks to 38 second half points on just 13-of-36 shooting (36.1%). The out rebounded the Bucks by 11 and forced 13 turnovers, leading to 16 Magic points in the half. It didn’t hurt that the Magic were on fire in the second half, torching the Bucks for 53 points on 18-of-34 shooting (52.9%) and hitting six of their 11 three-point attempts (54.5%).
For all of the grief Chris Duhon takes, he should be commended for the job he did Saturday. Duhon knocked down open jumpers (12 points on four three-pointers) and only turned the ball over twice. Starter Jameer Nelson had just eight points on 3-of-6 shooting, but he dished out 10 assists and turned the ball over only one time despite being limited to less than 25 minutes because of foul trouble.
“We got great point guard play tonight,” Van Gundy explained.
You can read the remainder of the recap, including thoughts from Coach Van Gundy, HERE.
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