Orlando, Florida — Khris Middleton scored 21 points, Bobby Portis added 16 points, including four 3 points, 10 rebounds from the bench, Milwaukee Bucks defeated Orlando Magic 124-87 on Sunday night, losing three games in a row I’m done.
Milwaukee again lacked star Janis Adetokumpo, but that’s almost a problem as Middleton shot 13-8 from the field and added 8 rebounds and 5 assists to help Bucks guide the wire to the wire. It wasn’t. Middleton also hit two three pointers to give him 1,000 for his NBA career.
Milwaukee shot 48.9%, made 19 3 pointers and defeated Magic 6 times in a row. Five of them are winning in Orlando. Magic shot 37.2% and hit only 8 out of 36 3.
Jrue Holiday added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to Milwaukee, but the lead never fell below 13 points in the second half. Milwaukee pulled the starter early in the fourth period and extended the lead to 37 in the second half.
Bryn Forbes added 13 points from the Milwaukee bench. Pat Connaughton made all four shots and added 11 points.
Mo Bamba scored the highest 21 points of his career in Orlando. Orlando lost 5 games in a row and finished 18th in 22 games. Bamba, who has gained quite a bit of play time since the team abandoned Keem Birch, shot a total of 11 8 and 6 5 from a range of 3 points. He broke his previous record of 19 points set two games ago.
Magic has been 2-7 years old since trading Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon and others on the NBA’s March 25 deadline.
Antetokunpo missed five consecutive victories due to pain in his left knee, but coach Mike Budenholzer said two MVPs were on the rise.
Forward, who has 32 double-doubles and 7 triple-doubles, collaborated with the team on Sunday morning in Orlando. Budenholzer said Antetokunpo had no signs of problems with his knees, adding that “I think he is in a good place and is making progress.”
Antetokounmpo is famous for hating games that he misses for some reason, but Milwaukee’s coach said he understands the importance of getting a star healthy.
“He’s in a good place because he’s so diligent and he’s always planning how to improve and attack the game and the season,” said Antetokunpo, who missed seven of the last twelve games. Said Budenholzer. “The conversation is positive and he understands the plan. Just get it done, don’t rush, and be patient.”
Bucks: Milwaukee is playing 9 out of 10 games on the street in the 18 days from March 29th to April 15th. Prior to the chip-off, Budenholzer said his progress was “on track.”
Magic: Rookie forward Chuma Okike was unable to play due to a pain in his right hip. He was injured after losing to Indiana on Friday and was unable to practice on Sunday morning. … Gary Harris made his first start in a Magic uniform on Sunday, but James Ennis played exclusively in the power forward. This is Magic’s 25th different starting lineup so far and the 5th most in franchise history. The most common are 28 in the 1991-92 and 2012-13 seasons. … Orlando missed the first 7 shots and 8 of the 10 shots to start the game.
Bucks: In Minnesota on Wednesday night.
Magic: Hosts San Antonio on Monday night.