ORLANDO, Florida — Paolo Banchero had 26 factors and 12 rebounds, Orlando’s Wagner brothers mixed for 43 factors and the Magic dealt the Milwaukee Bucks their second straight loss, 112-97 on Saturday evening.
Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo had 35 factors, 10 rebounds and 7 assists, two nights after a 54-point effort in Thursday’s loss at Indiana.
The Bucks performed a second sport with out Damian Lillard, who has a sore left calf.
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Franz Wagner scored 24 for the Magic and Mo Wagner got here off the bench with 19 factors and 4 rebounds. Jalen Suggs added 20 factors.
The loss broke Milwaukee’s 14-game win streak towards the Magic and marked the Bucks’ first loss in Orlando since March 14, 2018.
The Magic’s 35 free-throw makes an attempt left Antetokounmpo pissed off along with his staff’s protection.
“Typically you need to put your physique on the road, take that hit, to make it simpler for our protection. The final two video games we haven’t completed it,” he mentioned. “Proper now, I really feel like we’re simply being stagnant. We’re going again on protection and never exhibiting a number of assist. We’re not defending each other as a lot as we must always and generally once we flip the ball over, we sit and sort of complain.
“We’ve bought to get out of that mentality and cease feeling sorry for ourselves.”
The Magic led by double digits after a 9-0 run halfway by means of the second quarter.
The Bucks fell behind 65-49 after a primary half during which that they had 9 turnovers and missed 9 free throws.
The Magic took that 16-point lead into the fourth quarter, however the Bucks made their first six pictures within the interval, together with 3-pointers by Khris Middleton and Bobby Portis, and rapidly diminished Orlando’s margin to 11.
However Banchero answered with an extended jumper, Jonathan Isaac hit a 3-pointer and the Bucks by no means threatened once more.
“They made their run to chop it to 11. We simply got here to the huddle and I instructed everyone to only keep poised, keep aggressive, and simply end the sport out,” Banchero mentioned. “That’s what we did. I positively felt like we deserved to win that sport.”
The win left the Magic at 5-4 after they began final season 5-20, and in line with coach Jamahl Mosley, beating the Bucks was a breakthrough.
“It’s so vital for our followers that they witness what our guys are doing proper now, tonight,” Mosley mentioned. “They performed with a stage of toughness, they sat down and guarded. They took on all challenges.”
The usually-injured Isaac completed the sport and scored 10 factors, with 5 rebounds and a block in 17 minutes.
Magic guard Markelle Fultz, who performed 29 minutes in Thursday evening’s loss to Atlanta after lacking three video games with a swollen left knee, was a late scratch.
Bucks: At Chicago Bulls on Monday.
Magic: At Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.