NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Milwaukee
(Monday, April 13th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 98, Orlando 80
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Richard Jefferson poured in a game-high 24 points and dished out seven assists, as Milwaukee claimed victory in its final home game of the season with a 98-80 win over playoff-bound Orlando at Bradley Center.
Ramon Sessions added 19 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks, who have won two consecutive games after dropping four in a row. Charlie Villanueva and Joe Alexander ended with 18 and 11 points, respectively, off the bench for Milwaukee, which will finish the season at Indiana on Wednesday.
"One game doesn't make a season or it doesn't make a player. Hopefully, next year I start getting more consistent playing time and everyone can see I can play in this league," Alexander said.
Courtney Lee finished with 17 points for the Magic, who have lost three straight games for the first time all season. Tony Battie finished with 13 points and six boards. Rafer Alston tallied 11 points in defeat.
"I thought we played hard and we made them work for everything they got," Lee said. "Our ball movement was good but the shots just wouldn't go down."
Despite what Orlando does against Charlotte on Wednesday, they will enter the playoffs as the third seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Magic were without the services of forward Hedo Turkoglu and star center Dwight Howard. Turkoglu sprained his left ankle during Orlando's 103-93 setback at New Jersey on Saturday. Howard was given the night off.
Orlando ended the first quarter on an 8-2 flurry to take a 24-18 advantage into the second period. Both teams shot under 42 percent from the field in the frame.
The Bucks began the second stanza on a 14-2 run to go ahead 32-26 with over eight minutes left until half. Alexander tallied the final seven points of the spurt for Milwaukee.
The Magic responded with seven straight points to take a one-point edge, but the Bucks went on to control the remainder of the stanza. Milwaukee headed into the locker room with a 50-43 advantage.
Despite a wire-to-wire battle in the third quarter, the Bucks were able to maintain their gap. Milwaukee used a three-point play from Jefferson at the end of the stanza to take a 71-60 lead into the fourth.
Orlando rattled off six consecutive points to begin the fourth frame, cutting the deficit to 71-66 on Lee's short-range jumper.
Ahead 78-71 with under 7 1/2 minutes remaining, Milwaukee ripped off seven straight points to take a comfortable 85-71 margin. Bogans' layup topped off the spurt with over 5 1/2 minutes left, and the Bucks cruised to victory after that.
The Bucks shot 44.3 percent from the field, while the Magic hit just 31.8 percent of their shots...Orlando guard J.J. Redick (back spasms) and forward Rashard Lewis (right knee tendinitis) missed the game. Milwaukee guard Luke Ridnour missed the tilt because of family reasons...The Magic won the season series with the Bucks, 3-1...Milwaukee ended the season with a 22-19 record at home. Orlando finished the season with a 27-14 mark on the road.
04/14 01:07:52 ET