NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Orlando
(Monday, March 5th)
Final Score: Orlando 99, Milwaukee 81
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Hedo Turkoglu scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Orlando Magic downed the Milwaukee Bucks, 99-81.
Trevor Ariza added 20 points off the bench for Orlando, which snapped a three- game losing streak. Dwight Howard finished with 10 points, nine boards and four blocked shots for the Magic, who won for the first time in their last three outings at home.
"Coming off our San Antonio and Dallas games, this was very encouraging to see us come out again and play well, said Magic coach Brian Hill. "This was the type of win we needed at this juncture where we are at. I thought all our guys played well. We shared the ball, we drove the ball, and we shot the ball well. That was the residue of out ball movement and guys attacking off the dribble and finding open people."
Michael Redd scored 15 points but shot just 3-of-16 for Milwaukee, which has dropped two in a row after its three-game winning streak. Ruben Patterson added 14 points off the bench for the Bucks, who lost for the 13th time in their last 17 games.
Orlando set the tone out of the gate with an 8-0 run, capped by a Darko Milicic hook shot. The Bucks, who lost an overtime game against Chicago at home Sunday, missed eight of their first 10 shots and trailed 20-10 after the first quarter.
Leading 38-28, Orlando pulled away with an 11-1 run to push the lead to 49-29 with 1:47 left in the second stanza. Turkoglu scored nine points during the stretch.
Orlando held Milwaukee to 32.4 percent shooting in the first half and led 49-34 at the intermission.
The Magic opened the second half with a 9-0 surge, capped by a Turkoglu triple which put Orlando ahead 58-34 with 9:42 left in the third period.
Milwaukee got no closer than 16 the rest of the way.
"We came out a little sluggish, and give Orlando credit that they are a good defensive team, but I think (with) the overtime loss last night emotionally and physically we were probably a little spent and we didn't shoot the ball well, said Bucks coach Terry Stotts. "When you score 10 points in the first quarter, we dug ourselves a whole early and we couldn't get out of it."
Milwaukee shot 39.5 percent for the game while Orlando shot 50 percent from the floor...Milwaukee's Andrew Bogut had no points and three rebounds...Orlando's Grant Hill missed his third straight game with a foot injury.
03/05 23:32:55 ET