ORLANDO, FL. (AP) – Chris Middleton scored 21 points, Bobby Portis added 16 points, including four 3-pointers և 10 rebounds from the bench, and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Orlando Magic 124-87 on Sunday night, ending a three-game losing streak.
Milwaukee was again without a star, Ganis Antetokunpo, but could not be, as Middleton hit the pitch from 8 to 8, adding eight rebounds and five assists to help Bax turn wires. Middleton scored two points with three points, giving him a 1000 NBA career.
“He’s the latest professional, he’s so consistent, he’s a great striker, he does it in different ways,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said of Middleton. “I think he is a great leader at the same time. He has really taken on the role of a more influential leader. “Everyone sees the points earned at և 3, but I like how he manages his position.”
Milwaukee scored 48.9% և made 19 points with 3 points to take the sixth consecutive victory over Magic. Five of those victories were in Orlando. Magic shot 37.2% և 36 out of 36 hit only 8.
Ryu Holliday added 12 points, five rebounds and seven assists for Milwaukee, who never saw their leaders fall below 13 points in the second half. Milwaukee delayed the start of the fourth period, delaying the advantage to 37.
Brin Forbes added 13 points to Milwaukee. Pat Connathon made all four of his shots, adding 11 points.
“The attention of the group was good, something good was happening on both sides of the court,” Budenholzer said. “So many positive things.”
Mo Bamba scored his top 5 points for Orlando, who lost 22 games in 22 consecutive games և 18th. Bamba, who got significantly more playing time after the team dropped Khem Birch, hit a total of 11 to 11 և 5 from 6 to 3 points. He led his previous high 19 games, which was set two games ago.
Magic is 2-7 at the NBA’s trading deadline on March 25, following the trading of Nikola Vuևiև, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon and others.
“I just told the boys we were going to have nights like this because we were right there,” said Magic coach Steve Clifford. “Listen, it was a bad performance, I am the team leader, we have to do better.”
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Antetokounmpo missed their fifth game in a row due to left knee pain, but Budenholzer said the two-time MVP was growing.
The striker, who has 32 doubles and seven triples, worked with the team in Orlando on Sunday morning. Budenholzer said that Antetokunmpo had no problems with his knee, he added. “I think he is in a good place, he is making progress.”
Antetokounmpo is known to hate missed games for some reason, but Milwaukee’s coach said the star understands the need to recover.
“He is so hard-working, he always has a plan for how he is going to improve, attack the game or the season, so he is in a good place,” Budenholzer said of Antetokunmo, who has missed seven of his last 12 games. “The conversations are positive, he understands the program. Just keep working through it, do not rush, be patient. “
Bax. Nine out of 10 games in a 18-day period from March 29 to April 15 լ Milwaukee խաղում PJ Tucker, last 10 games with calf strain developed on Sunday morning և again before notification և Budenholzer said his progress was a “good trend” has”:
Magical. New striker Chuma Okeke missed the game with a painful right thigh. He suffered an injury after losing to Indiana on Friday and was unable to train on Sunday morning. Արի Gary Harris made his debut in Magic Uniform on Sunday while James Ames Ennis played exclusively as a forward. This is the 25th different starting series of Magic so far, the fifth most in the history of privileges. The highest is 28 in the 1991-92 և 2012-13 season. … Orlando opened up, missing his first seven shots հարված 10 out of 10.
Bax. Wednesday night in Minnesota.
Magic. Host San Antonio on Monday night.
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