First Posted: 11/13/2013
(AP) Arron Afflalo scored a career-high 36 points, Nikola Vucevic added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic rallied to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 94-91 Wednesday night and snap a three-game skid.
Afflalo was 8 of 11 from beyond the arc, adding six assists and eight rebounds. Maurice Harkless and Victor Oladipo had 10 points apiece for the Magic.
O.J. Mayo scored 25 points for the Bucks, losers of three straight. Caron Butler added 20 and Khris Middleton had 19. Butler injured his left shoulder with just over two minutes left and didn’t return to the game.
Afflalo scored 29 points in the second half, including 11 straight for the Magic in the fourth quarter. He ended the game with an assist to Vucevic with 9.2 seconds to play that gave Orlando a 94-91 lead. Afflalo then stole the ball from Mayo as the Bucks scrambled to attempt a game-tying 3-pointer.
Afflalo, who had 15 points in the third quarter, scored another 14 in the fourth. His 3-pointer with 7:50 left gave Orlando its first lead of the game, 79-76. He hit another 3 a minute later to push the Magic lead to 84-78, but had a hard time finding a partner to share the load.
The Magic guard was the only offense his team had until the game’s final seconds, when he drove to the basket, then dished at the last second to Vucevic to give the Magic the victory.
Afflalo hit three straight 3-pointers to start the second half and get Orlando within 57-54 with 9:05 left in the third quarter, but Mayo scored five straight points and Milwaukee weathered the storm, if only briefly.
The Bucks pushed their lead back to 70-59 before Oladipo scored five straight and Afflalo nailed two more 3-pointers to finish an 11-0 run that tied the game at 70 with 2:50 left in the quarter.
Butler had 12 and Mayo 10 in the first period when the Bucks ran out to a 36-23 lead. The Bucks’ veterans took turns running isolation plays against an Orlando defense that offered limited resistance. They combined to hit eight of 13 shots as Milwaukee shot 58.3 percent for the quarter.
The Bucks spread the scoring around more in the second quarter, but ran even fewer plays, allowing whoever caught the first pass to go one-on-one. Butler’s 3-pointer with 7:40 to go in the quarter gave Milwaukee a 47-28 advantage, its biggest of the game.
The Magic adopted the same tactics at their end and didn’t record an assist the last five minutes of the quarter, but still managed to slice 10 points off Milwaukee’s lead. A steal and dunk by Harkless at the halftime buzzer cut the Magic deficit to 54-45.
NOTES: Afflalo’s five 3-pointers in the third quarter tied the team record for most in one period. . Bucks C Zaza Pachulia sat out the game with a foot injury. . The Magic were second in the NBA in field goal percentage defense before allowing Boston to shoot a league-best 60 percent last Monday, dropping Orlando dropped to fifth. . Milwaukee has not won a game in Orlando since 2004. . Magic F Glen Davis, who hasn’t played this season because of a broken foot, was fined by the team for an incident last Saturday at a local motel. Davis threw a computer keyboard against the lobby wall when he was told there were no rooms available at the Travelodge hotel in downtown Orlando.