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Rapid Recap: Bucks 110, Magic 101

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Bucks close out Magic for their 15th straight victory

NBA: Orlando Magic at Milwaukee Bucks Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

That’s now 15 straight wins for the Milwaukee Bucks.

It’d take a little bit of time for the Bucks to figure out their footing in this one, as the shooting was a tad cold to begin. Orlando’s stifling defense clearly disrupted Milwaukee early on, especially the wingspan of Jonathan Isaac. But nonetheless, they’d blow past and take a double-digit lead into the second quarter, 31-20.

Milwaukee would keep pouring it on during the second, never relenting their lead. At the same time, they’d never really expand on it, but they were still clearly in control. At halftime, the home side led, 52-40.

Orlando would really start chipping away in the third quarter. They’d begin to find holes in the Milwaukee defense and began to take advantage of their opportunities — led by a red hot Terrance Ross, who put in 11 points. At the end of three, it was the Bucks 80, Magic 73.

The Magic wouldn’t be put away quietly. It’d remain a single-point deficit for much of the fourth, as it took a little longer than expected for Milwaukee to deliver the knockout punch. However, it’d eventually come on a corner 3-pointer from Khris Middleton, and the Bucks would officially earn their 15th consecutive win.

Stat That Stood Out

We’ve all known that it’s been a struggle so far for Brook Lopez from beyond the arc this season. After being such a massive force in that area of his game last year, things just haven’t really clicked. Tonight, he went 3-of-5 from deep. Could this be a sign of good things to come? He’s really continued and even expanded his role on the defensive end of the ball, both in blocked shots and rebounding. If he can get back to where he was last year in terms of shooting, this Bucks team could take yet another huge step forward.