Here are the scores, updates, and results of the NBA 2020-2021 regular season match between the Orlando Magic (ORL) and the Milwaukee Bucks (MIL) on January 12, 2021, at the Amway Center.
The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Orlando Magic, 121-99.
Showing no ill effects of the back spasms that prevented him from playing in Milwaukee Bucks’ 100-90 win over Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 22 points and 6 rebounds this time around.
The reigning, two-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) ignited scoring surges in the second half and danced around foul trouble for the Bucks, who outscored the Magic by a 35-17 margin in the fourth quarter.
“At the end of the day, I had five fouls, but I was just trying to play the game, go downhill, and get my teammates involved. I was just wanting to execute down the stretch,” said Antetokounmpo.
For their part, Khris Middleton, who made 9 of 17 shots, added 20 points and 10 rebounds in the victory, while Bobby Portis, who went 9 of 13, finished with 20 points off the bench.
Milwaukee Bucks shot 50.5 percent (46 of 91) from the floor. The team, despite, missing 17 of its first 24 3-point shots, drilled six 3s in the fourth quarter.
In a losing effort, Nikola Vucevic, for his third straight double-double and eighth of the season, tallied 28 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists for the short-handed Orlando Magic.
“We felt like we played OK for three quarters and we were right there and then we just made too many mistakes on both ends of the fourth. Milwaukee is a team that’s going to take advantage of it,” said Vucevic.
Meanwhile, Aaron Gordon had 21 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds for the Magic. Gordon contributed solid defense against Antetokounmpo as well.
In a post-game interview, Orlando Magic head coach Steve Clifford said: “The game was the first 3 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter where we had just poor possessions on offense, lack of purpose and fouling at the other end of the floor.”
Milwaukee Bucks, who improves to 7 wins and 4 defeats, will face the Detroit Pistons next, on January 14, 2021 (Manila time), while the Orlando Magic, who fall to 6 wins and 5 defeats, will face the Boston Celtics on the same date.
Orlando vs Milwaukee
Quarters: 23-25; 31-38; 28-23; 17-35
Magic (99) – Terrence Ross 4, Nikola Vucevic 28, Cole Anthony 12, Dwayne Bacon 11, Khem Birch 2, Aaron Gordon 21, Gary Clark 2, Karim Mane 0, Jordan Bone 8, Mohamed Bamba 8, James Ennis III 3.
Bucks (121) – Khris Middleton 20, Giannis Antetokounmpo 22, Donte DiVincenzo 9, D. J. Agustin 8, Jrue Holiday 11, Bobby Portis 20, D. J. Wilson 2, Bryn Forbes 14, Brook Lopez 6, Jordan Nwora 0, Sam Merrill 0, Thanasis Antetokounmpo 2, Pat Connaughton 7.