Orlando Magic collapse against league-worst Milwaukee Bucks
The Orlando Magic came out of the gate looking like they would cruise to an easy victory against the league-worst Milwaukee Bucks. That appearance was a fallacy, as Orlando blew an 18-point early lead to fall 105-98 in Milwaukee. Orlando fell to just 4-30 on the road this season.
Leading 31-13 early in the second quarter, Orlando was running all over the court and playing the type of scrappy basketball that has been the staple of the team over the last month. The remainder of the game would see Milwaukee becoming the attacker and flipping the script completely on a Magic team that was a half step slow on too many occasions.
Brandon Knight would start the 4th quarter on an immediate 9-0 run, by himself, to give the Bucks their first lead since early in the game. With the Magic trailing by three points with just over six minutes left, the Bucks went on a 13-2 run over the next four minutes of game play to put the Magic away for good.
Brandon Knight finished the night by leading all scorers with 24 points. Khris Middleton had 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds, connecting on 5-8 from deep. After three quarters of the game, the Bucks were shooting 3-19 from deep as a team – before finishing the game knocking down five of eight in the 4th. The 32-point 2nd quarter and 37-point 4th quarter for Milwaukee won’t inspire visions of defensive grandeur for Orlando.
The Magic played curious lineups throughout the night including a 15:26 straight span of Tobias Harris, which included a full 12-minute second quarter featuring Andrew Nicholson at the Center position. Kyle O’Quinn and Nik Vucevic, who played extremely well together in the first quarter sat idle on the bench while Milwaukee chipped away at Orlando’s big lead – which included 18 points in the paint during the Harris/Nicholson 2nd Quarter Frontline Experience.
Orlando saw seven players score in double figures, led by 14 from Moe Harkless and 13 from Arron Afflalo. Victor Oladipo returned to action after missing several games with a sore ankle and scored 12 points off the bench.
There are few positives to take from tonight’s contest. It was an overall poor performance for the players, coaches and I’d even dare to say that the Magic twitter-sphere mailed it in as well. Allowing 37 points in a final quarter, to the league’s worst team is simply embarrassing.
mBo Crown Royal #ReignOn Tweet of the Night
Good news for Magic fans: Denver just lost to the Bobcats. #WoNKWatch
— Orlando Magic Stuff (@ORLMagicStuff) March 11, 2014
The Magic returns home for a Wednesday night matchup with the Denver Nuggets, a game that even the tankiest of tank-supporters should be pulling for the Magic to win. Reminder: Orlando gets Denver or New York’s 1st round pick – likely Denver. Wednesday’s tip is set for 7pm.