Magic back in playoff chase with romp over Bucks
HTurkoglu continues his improved play as he scored a season-high 25 pts on 10 of 14 FGs; TAriza led the reserves with 20 pts, 6 rebs; and DHoward had a rather quiet 10 pts, 9 rebs. DMilicic and JNelson each added 9 pts; KDooling 8 pts; and J.J. Redick 7 pts. MIL was led by Michael Redd with 16 pts, but hit only 3 of 16 FGs, a day after he torched CHI with 52 pts; Ruben Patterson added 14 pts.
The Magic (39 of 78, 50%) outscored MIL (30 of 76, 39.5%) from the field 83-64. Magic hit on 5 of 15 3 pt FGs, while MIL was just 4 of 17 from long range. Both teams shot well from the FT line (MIL 17 of 20, ORL 16 of 17). The Magic outrebounded MIL 41-33. The Magic moved the ball much better on offense with 23 asts, compared with just 11 asts for MIL. The Magic also had the better AST/TO ratio of 23/18, while MIL's was 11/19. The MIL bench outscored the Magic bench 46-39.
Turkoglu after the game: "I knew my shot was eventually going to come around. It's just a matter of confidence and getting the shot to fall. I might have relied too much on the jump shot, but I've been mixing up the drives with jumpers, and now it seems to be clicking."
Magic try for their first two game winning streak in over a month THU with CHI coming to town.