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               === Lowly Bucks hope for luck in Magic Kingdom ===
 (  -  The Milwaukee  Bucks will take  their struggles to the
 road briefly when they visit the Orlando Magic Friday at Amway Center.
 The Bucks lost all three games on their recent homestand and have dropped four
 in  a row  overall and 21 of the  last 24 games. They have the worst record in
 the  NBA at  8-37  and dropped  a  126-117  decision to  the  Phoenix Suns  on
 Wednesday, as Goran Dragic scored a game-high 30 points to lead the Suns.
 Ersan  Ilyasova  scored 27 points, Brandon  Knight finished with 24 points and
 eight  assists and Kris Middleton chipped in 17 points for the Bucks, who made
 42.7 percent of their shots and scored 18 points off 15 Phoenix turnovers.
 "There  were some  positives to  come out  of this  game, and  we're going  to
 continue to try to build on the positives," Bucks coach Larry Drew said.
 Larry Sanders and Nate Wolters had 14 and 11 points, respectively, in defeat.
 Milwaukee  will visit  Memphis on its quick  trip, has a 4-19 road mark and is
 winless in the past seven games outside the Bradley Center. The Bucks are last
 in points per game at 91.7 ppg this season.
 In injury news for the Bucks, guard O.J. Mayo (flu) is questionable Friday.
 Orlando  lost all  of  its games  on  a  recent three-game  road  trip and  is
 scheduled to play five of the next seven games at home.
 The  Magic  are just 2-15  in the last  17 games and  suffered a 98-83 loss at
 Toronto  the previous time out on Wednesday. Kyle Lowry paced the Raptors with
 33 points and 11 assists, and Amir Johnson added 22 points for the hosts.
 "A  talented bunch,"  Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said of the Raptors. "Athletic
 and long, even without (DeMar) DeRozan."
 DeRozan is dealing with a foot injury and leads Toronto in scoring (21.8 ppg).
 Magic center Nikola Vucevic appeared in his first game since Jan. 6 because of
 a  concussion  and had 16  points and 10  rebounds. Jameer Nelson (13), Victor
 Oladipo  (12) and  Arron Afflalo (10) rounded out the double-digit scorers for
 the Magic, who made 33.3 percent for the game and only 6-of-19 3-pointers.
 The  Magic  have a 9-14  record in central Florida  this season and handed the
 Bucks  a 94-91 defeat in the first of four matchups on Nov. 13. Afflalo poured
 in  36  points in  that one  for Orlando,  which has  won nine  of the last 11
 meetings between the teams.
 Milwaukee  has lost 15 straight and 16 of its last 17 at Orlando and will host
 the Magic on Feb. 18 and March 10 at the Bradley Center.
 01/31 09:45:33 ET

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