Bucks vs. Magic – Game Recap – December 30, 2021


ORLANDO, Fla .– – Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points, Jrue Holiday added 25 and Khris Middleton has 22 as the Milwaukee Bucks extended their winning streak to five games with a 136-118 victory over the Magic d ‘Orlando Thursday night.

DeMarcus Cousins ​​had 15 points off the bench for the Bucks, who completed a two-game sweep in Orlando. Antetokounmpo, who played in his 11th game with 30 points, added 12 rebounds for his 18th double-double.

“Of course we have a whole squad – great guys, great teammates and great talent – and the more we play together the better we’ll get better,” said Antetokounmpo. “The sky is the limit for this team, but we have to stay humble and stay hungry.

Franz Wagner, who had his career best effort of 38 points on Tuesday, scored 20 points for Orlando. Moritz Wagner, older brother of rookie Magic, had 19 points, his best record of the season. Gary Harris added 17 points. Wendell Carter Jr. had 14 points and 10 rebounds as Orlando lost their fourth straight game and fell to 2-13 at home.

Antetokounmpo was too much for Orlando to handle.

“You want to get rid of it from (Antetokounmpo’s) hands, but he has four shooters around him,” Orlando coach Jamahl Mosley said. “You say you’ll live with some things, but he’s so effective in the way he gets to the rim. It is not for nothing that they are world champions.

Milwaukee swept away the four-game streak against the rebuilding Magic and extended their winning streak against Orlando to 11 games, dating back to 2019. The Bucks’ only longer active winning streak is a 12-game streak against Detroit. Nine of Milwaukee’s last 11 wins against the Magic have been in double digits, including three routs this season.

The Bucks improved to 7-0 this season when three players scored at least 20 points. In addition, their 136 points were a season high and they are 10-0 when they topped 120 points.

“To face these three – Jrue, Khris and Giannis, we’re very lucky to have enough to win on the road,” said Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer. “That’s the key to being a good NBA team – you have to have players. (GM) Jon Horst and the front office did a great job of putting together a list with a lot of depth and lots of different ways (to win). I love our list and I love the talent from top to bottom.

The Bucks, who went to a record 11 out of 0.500 season games, opened a tight game with a 17-5 explosion to close the third quarter. Antetokounmpo then scored 14 of Milwaukee’s first 17 points in the fourth quarter. He finished with 16 points in the last period.

Orlando took advantage of an important race in the second half to erase a big deficit. The Magic used a 17-3 run to tie the game at 71, prompting injured Magic players Cole Anthony and Jalen Suggs to dance playfully along the sidelines.

Orlando’s lone second-half lead, at 80-79, lasted five seconds, and Milwaukee responded with 10 straight points and a 17-5 run to regain control.

ROKIE ON THE RISE

Franz Wagner entered the game tied for first in scoring among NBA rookies with 15.6 points per game. The No.8 pick in last summer’s draft is also seventh in rebounds (4.7), sixth in assists (2.7) and second in 3-pointers (36.4%).

“We keep talking and saying the level of professionalism you need to have every day to be successful, and that is what he is doing,” Orlando coach Jamahl Mosley said of the rookie.

ADVICE

Bucks: Holiday has only had assists once in the team’s first 23 games, but has since done so three times in six games. He came on Thursday averaging 24.8 points and 8.2 assists in the previous six games.

Magic: In the last six games while in NBA health and safety protocols, Mo Bamba has joined his teammates on the bench. … Robin Lopez, who spent the 2019-20 season alongside his brother Brook Lopez, in Milwaukee, was placed in protocols on Thursday. He joined teammate Hassani Gravett, who left Tuesday’s game early after feeling bad.

FOLLOWING

Bucks: Hosts New Orleans Saturday.

Magic: in Boston on Sundays.

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