Antetokounmpo's triple-double lifts Bucks past Magic

Mandatory Credit Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Antetokounmpo had his first triple-double of the season to lead the Milwaukee Bucks over the Orlando Magic 93-89 on Monday night at the Bradley Center. He made all nine free-throw attempts, was 6 of 13 from the floor and also added five steals and three blocks.

Predictably, Antetokounmpo's 34.29 nERD was a game-high in Monday's win, per numberFire Live.

But with an offense that was struggling to score in the fourth quarter, the Magic got a taste of their own medicine and could not find their way to a win.

And it worked. Beasley took little time warming up off the bench, getting a friendly bounce on his first shot and following it up with a couple of aggressive takes from the mid-post. Elfrid Payton scored 18 points but had five of Orlando's 24 turnovers.

"We shot ourself in the foot by having over 20 turnovers", forward Jeff Green said after the 93-89 defeat. A pair of free throws at the 7:52 mark made it a nine-point favor to Milwaukee, but Orlando would not relent, rattling off a nine-point run that knotted things up. Those miscues made all the difference in the game and led to 25 points for the Bucks. Milwaukee recorded 16 steals by trapping the Magic and playing in the passing lanes all night.

Orlando shot 21.7 percent (5 of 23) in the final quarter, and Evan Fournier was the only Magic player with more than two points (he had five). Later, Ibaka let a pass go between his hands and through his legs - a sequence that led to a Parker dunk for Orlando's 25th turnover of the game. A Milwaukee fan sank a halfcourt shot in the fourth quarter to win $5,000. Without their hot shooting from the first quarter to sustain them, Orlando could only muster 17 points in the quarter, and the Bucks took a 49-44 lead into halftime. The Magic led by five, however, at the end of the third quarter thanks to a 12-0 run to end the frame.

Orlando responded by scoring the next nine points to tie the score at 85 after a layup by Payton with 4:24 left.

The Magic did better protecting the basketball against the Bucks' idiosyncratic defense as the game went on. Milwaukee and Orlando split their season series a year ago with each time winning twice on its own home court.

Greg Monroe's layup with five seconds left lifted the Bucks past the Portland Trail Blazers 90-88 Monday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

However, once Orlando's avalanche of turnovers hit, the game turned and the Magic lost a lead that they held for the first 22 minutes of the night.



Other news