Magic take care of business, trounce MIL
As in the MEM game, all 12 Magic players scored. They were led by HTurkoglu with 25 pts, 6 asts; TAriza off the bench with 16 pts on 7 of 8 FGs; DHoward 15 pts, 11 rebs; JNelson 12 pts along with a season-high 9 asts; DMIlicic 11 pts, 9 rebs; and KDooling chipped in with 8 pts off the bench. Ersan Ilyasova led the Bucks with 18 pts.
The Magic (50 of 80, 62.5%) outscored MIL (34 of 77, 44.2%) from the field 105-73. The Magic made 5 of 14 3 pt FGs, while MIL was 5 of 19 from long range. FT shooting was the only negative for the Magic, as they shot just 12 of 23 from the FT line, compared to 21 of 29 for MIL. The Magic outrebounded MIL 42-37. The Magic had their best AST/TO ratio of the season at an outstanding 36/14. MIL had a 18/14 ratio. The Magic bench did well again, outscoring the MIL bench 52-45.
The Magic are now 1/2 game behind NJ for the 7th seed, and 1 1/2 games ahead of IND in the 8th seed. The "Magic Number" for the Magic to clinch a playoff berth is now 5 (any combo of ORL wins and IND losses totaling 5 the rest of the way). Magic will have to face a real basketball team at DET WED night.