Magic Musings: Well-rounded effort helps Orlando take care of Bucks
ORLANDO, Fla. — When the Orlando Magic fell behind by 13 points in the opening seven minutes Friday night, they looked to be in for a rough go against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Instead, they turned in as well-rounded of an outing as they have all season.
Sparked by the return of Victor Oladipo and a double-double from Tobias Harris, the Magic won for the fourth time in their past six games by defeating the Bucks 101-85. Oladipo scored 13 points in his first game since fracturing a bone in his face last month, while Harris finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
At one point in the first quarter, the Bucks had outscored the Magic 18-0 in the paint. Bringing in Oladipo in a non-starting role didn’t instantly change things, but it made a major difference, particularly when it came to slowing down Bucks point guard Brandon Knight. After scoring 19 points in the first half, Knight had just one field goal the rest of the way.
Evan Fournier, who had a career-high 28 points Wednesday night at New York, scored 11 of his 15 points in the pivotal third quarter. The Magic also got 18 points and nine rebounds from Nikola Vucevic.
Jabari Parker, the second pick in the NBA Draft, had a quiet night with four points and two rebounds in 24 minutes for the Bucks. The Magic got a bigger lift off their bench from the No. 4 pick, Aaron Gordon, who hadeight points, three rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot in the first half.
Kyle O’Quinn, the starting power forward when the regular season began Oct. 28 at New Orleans, missed his ninth game in a row with a sprained left ankle and will not accompany the team on its trip to Washington and Detroit this weekend. Rookie guard Devyn Marble joined O’Quinn on the inactive list for the first time since straining his right rotator cuff a week ago.
THE TURNING POINT
The Magic went ahead to stay with a 16-4 run in the third quarter that was capped by Oladipo’s drive down the lane on Parker where he switched the ball from his right hand to his left before scooping it in.
THE DIFFERENCE MAKER
Harris, the former member of the Bucks, came within five points of tying his career high that he set in March against the Philadelphia 76ers.
STAT OF THE GAME
The victory was the 17th straight by the Magic over the Bucks in Orlando. Their last home loss to them came on Dec. 29, 2004.
Saturday night at Washington, 7 p.m.