NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Milwaukee
(Monday, April 9th)
Final Score: Orlando 117, Milwaukee 94
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Hedo Turkoglu scored 25 points, as the Magic continued their push for a playoff spot with a 117-94 pounding of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Dwight Howard was a force with 15 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando, which moved 1 1/2 games ahead of idle Indiana for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The Magic, winners of two straight, are also just a half-game behind New Jersey, which didn't play Monday.
Orlando, which shot 62.5 percent from the field, has five games remaining, including the next two on the road, against Detroit on Wednesday and Philadelphia on Saturday.
Turkoglu led the way for the Magic by going 10-of-15 from the field, including 4-of-5 from three-point range.
Ersan Ilyasova had 18 points for Milwaukee, which has lost 10 of its last 11 games. The Bucks, who are 17-21 at the Bradley Center, are assured their first home losing season since the 1996-97 campaign.
Earlier Monday, the Bucks announced Michael Redd will miss the remainder of the season after aggravating his left knee injury in Saturday's loss to the New York Knicks. Redd played in 53 games this season and averaged a career- high 26.7 points, which is the highest scoring average for a Bucks player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar averaged 30 during the 1974-75 campaign.
Ahead 59-52 at the half, the Magic pulled away by outscoring the Bucks, 29-15 in the third quarter. A three-point play by Grant Hill widened the margin to 71-58 and Turkoglu's jam provided the Magic with a 20-point cushion at 85-65 with a minute remaining in the period.
It was 88-67 going into the fourth, and Orlando wasn't threatened in the final 12 minutes.
Trevor Ariza had 16 points for Orlando.
Charlie Bell and Maurice Williams each had 13 points for the Bucks, who struggled at 44.1 percent from the floor.
Darko Milicic's dunk capped six straight points for Orlando for a 28-21 advantage for the visitors. Milwaukee's Lynn Greer responded with a jumper for the final points of the opening quarter.
Howard converted an alley-oop off a pass from Carlos Arroyo, and Turkoglu's three followed, moving the Magic to a 57-47 lead in the final minute of the second quarter.
Orlando has won five of the last seven meetings...Milwaukee's next four opponents - Indiana, Boston, Charlotte and Atlanta, all have sub-.500 records. The Bucks are 14-24 against such teams this season...The Bucks had won seven in a row at home against the Magic, falling at the Bradley Center to Orlando for the first time since January 28, 2003...Jameer Nelson had 12 points and nine assists for Orlando.
04/09 22:51:53 ET