Magic blow big lead but hang on for win vs Bucks
Ford scored a career high 34 pts along with 11 pts, and the Magic had no answer for his speed and quickness attacking the basket. Michael Redd added 25 pts. Bobby Simmons and Charlie Bell added 11. HTurkoglu led the Magic with 24 pts, and DHoward added 19 pts and 17 rebs. Three players off the bench scored in double figures, led by CArroyo with 17 pts. KDooling scored 14, and Darko added 10 pts. The Magic were able to overcome JNelson's worst game ever since he became starter. He scored just 2 pts with 4 TOs and fouled out in just 16 minutes. Arroyo stepped in and did the job instead.
Despite MIL hitting 11 of 24 shots from 3 pt range, the Magic outscored MIL from the field 87-81. The Magic shot 55.3%, (42 of 76), while MIL shot 44.9% (35 of 78). The Bucks outscored the Magic from the FT line 24-21, as MIL shot 80% from the line compared to 77.8% by the Magic. The Magic controlled the boards 43-33, but were sloppy with the ball with 18 TOs, compared to 15 by MIL. Both teams had 19 assists. The Magic bench was huge, outscoring the MIL bench 49-24.
Despite blowing the big lead, not taking good care of the ball, and being totally dominated by TJ Ford, the Magic still had enough poise to re-take the lead and hang on for their eighth home win in a row and 10 out of 14 overall. DET is next Friday.