The Magic scored their 4th consecutive victory Friday night after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 94 to 85 after closing out the game on a 17-0 run.
It started ugly and stayed that way up until the waning minutes of the game when Orlando claimed it’s first lead with 4:50 remaining on a Hedo Turkoglu fade away jumper. Mr. 4th quarter dropped in 10 of his 14 points in the 4th. The lead for Orlando was the first since 9:11 in the 1st quarter. #TURKTIME.
It was a game of runs.
A sluggish turnover laden first quarter saw the Magic listed for 4 turnovers, but if you counted bad possessions it was probably closer to 10. The Magic put up a season low 15 point first quarter, which happens to be the perfect recipe for a 12 point first quarter deficit.
Trailing by 15 points late in the second quarter, the Magic got a gift from the Bucks when Coach Scott Skiles inexplicably went to the Hack-a-Howard fouling technique with 2:55 remaining. The Magic would find a brief touch of motivation to close the half on a 14-1 run.
The Magic got within two at halftime, only to see Milwaukee open a 10 point lead midway through the 3rd quarter. They then tied the game 72-72 with a chance to take the lead at the end of the 3rd but a Redick missed three and a Dwight Howard offensive foul would allow the Bucks to survive the run. The Bucks immediately countered with another 9-0 run.
That’s when the Magic ratcheted up their intensity and finally started to “try”, as Stan Van Gundy put it. Feeding off Dwight Howard’s 4th quarter defense (2 blocks and 6 rebounds in the 4th), the team showed the type of fight that -pardon the cliche- just wins games.
It was an overall monster night for Dwight Howard as he recorded his 7th 20-20 game of the season, finishing with 26 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. Ryan Anderson was the second leading scorer with 23 points.
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