Magic to visit Bucks for first of two games in three days

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2021-11-20 18:26:25 GMT+00:00 – The Orlando Magic have solely 4 wins this season, however three have come away from house.

Any optimism about their fortunes on the street, nevertheless, runs head-on into two games in three days in opposition to the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks, with the first recreation set for Saturday evening.

The Magic can be wrapping up a five-game, eight-day journey, which has seen them drop two of the first three.

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They can be going through a Milwaukee staff that’s trying to win its third recreation in a row for the first time this season.

The Bucks opened a five-game homestand by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 109-102 on Wednesday and Oklahoma City 96-89 on Friday. Giannis Antetokounmpo mixed for 68 factors and 28 rebounds.

Antetokounmpo had 21 factors, 19 rebounds (all on the defensive finish), seven assists and 4 blocks in opposition to Oklahoma City. Against the Lakers, the two-time league MVP grew to become the fifth participant in the final 20 seasons to rating 45 or extra factors (47) on 75 % or higher taking pictures from each the sphere (18-for-23) and 3-point vary (3-for-4).

The Bucks welcomed again one of their different high scoring choices this week, as Khris Middleton returned after lacking eight games due to a constructive COVID-19 take a look at. Middleton grew to become Milwaukee’s all-time chief in made 3-pointers (1,054) on Friday when he hit three triples in opposition to the Thunder, permitting him to break a tie with Ray Allen.

“I think we all just admire what Khris does every night,” Milwaukee head coach Mike Budenholzer mentioned. “His ability to shoot, the different ways he gets 3s and his kind of consistency and longevity here.”

Milwaukee’s Bobby Portis additionally had a double-double on Friday with 17 factors and 13 rebounds. Middleton scored 16 factors on 5-for-13 taking pictures, George Hill had 12 factors off the bench, Grayson Allen scored 11 and Jrue Holiday 10.

Three of Orlando’s 4 single-digit losses have come on the street — together with Friday’s 115-113 setback to Brooklyn, because the short-handed Nets overcame a 16-point deficit after one quarter.

The Magic are 3-6 on the street, however they’re simply 1-6 at house, with 5 of these losses by double digits.

Magic rookie Jalen Suggs, who had been questionable in opposition to Brooklyn due to a proper quad contusion, tied his career-high with 21 factors thanks to a 4-for-9 effort from past the arc.

Orlando led 41-25 after the first quarter as Brooklyn performed with out starters Kevin Durant (shoulder) and Joe Harris (ankle). But the Nets held a 65-42 scoring edge in the course of the center quarters and held on down the stretch as James Harden completed with 36 factors — together with hitting 19 of 20 free throws — to go along with 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Chuma Okeke (17 factors) scored in double figures for the first time this season as Orlando’s bench totaled 46 factors.

Franz Wagner contributed 17 factors, Cole Anthony had 16 factors and 9 assists, Terrence Ross hit three triples and completed with 15 factors, and Mo Bamba posted 12 factors and 10 rebounds.

Playing on back-to-back nights means the Magic will not have a lot time to dwell on the loss — a recreation they led by as many as 19 factors (58-39) with 5:21 left in the second quarter.

“We go for the next one and we just continue to work,” Orlando head coach Jamahl Mosley mentioned postgame. “We’ll watch the film and understand what we did and what we can continue to improve, and where we can continue to grow.

“We did some actually good issues in this recreation. We competed, a pair free throws right here and there, a pair of photographs made right here and there, a cease down the stretch. But, once more, these are studying classes that we’ll proceed to get higher from.”

–Field Level Media

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Nov 19, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA;  Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey (3) drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen (7) at Fiserv Forum.   Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports