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Milwaukee at Orlando

Lewis lets it fly in East debut as Magic blast Bucks

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Rashard Lewis came out decidedly on top in a matchup of two frontcourt debuts. Yi Jianlian proved he could be dangerous with a little more experience.

Lewis, the former Seattle All-Star who landed a $118 million offseason payday, scored 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting Wednesday night to help the Orlando Magic beat the Milwaukee Bucks 102-83.

Jianlian, the No. 6 overall draft pick from China, had nine points in 25 minutes on 4-of-5 shooting. He sat several stretches after getting his third and fourth fouls, but showed the same impressive range that has made Lewis so valuable. Not bad for a guy that three months ago never looked like he'd play for Milwaukee.

"If I can control the fouls, I can play much better," Yi said.

Lewis probably couldn't have. The 6-foot-10 forward scored from all over the floor, leading a Magic 3-point barrage that buried Milwaukee in the third quarter. As Orlando hoped, he stretched halfcourt sets to open up the paint for Dwight Howard, and vice versa.

"He obviously makes it easier for us because he draws so much attention down low," Lewis said. "And when we're knocking down 3s, he's left with his man one-on-one."

Orlando, one of the league's worst 3-point teams by attempts last season, shot better from 3-point range (54 percent) than the field (44 percent). Besides Lewis, Hedo Turkoglu keyed the effort with 24 points on 3-for-5 shooting from behind the arc.

"Turkoglu presents a matchup problem not just for our team but for a lot of guys," Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "He's an offensive-minded player. He's crafty -- he's been around the block a time or two."

Milwaukee hit 4-of-17 from 3-point range and 38 percent from the field. Michael Redd led the Bucks with 25 points, 12 in the first eight minutes, and Bobby Simmons added 16. Andrew Bogut finished with 11 rebounds.

Yi's first NBA statistic was a steal, followed by a turnover a few seconds later. He responded the next play by blocking Turkoglu's layup, and the 7-footer scored his first NBA basket about 30 seconds after that on a 22-foot jumper.

Howard had 16 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks. Perhaps most importantly for Orlando, he hit eight of 10 free throws.

"He's a rare guy who is capable of absolutely dominating a game even when he's not having a great offensive night," said Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, also making his Orlando debut. "He struggled a bit offensively, particularly early in the game, but to not even play the fourth quarter and end up with 12 rebounds and seven blocks is unbelievable."

Trailing 56-55 a few minutes into the third quarter, the Magic took off on a 28-8 run keyed by Turkoglu and Lewis. Lewis hit three 3-pointers, Turkoglu had two and Keith Bogans and Keyon Dooling each chipped in one.

Turkoglu sparked the run with a sharp play to draw Yi's fourth foul. The seven-year veteran caught the rookie in the air, passing up an open jumper to lean in for contact and two free throws.

Simmons scored nine of Milwaukee's first 10 points in the second quarter, and the Bucks built a 41-34 lead midway through the period. Turkoglu and Howard led Orlando back with an 8-0 run over the next two minutes, and Lewis scored four in the quarter's final 2:33 to give the Magic a 48-46 halftime lead.

Notes

  • The Magic announced a five-year contract extension for Jameer Nelson before the game, keeping him in Orlando as long as Howard.
  • Magic president and CEO Bob Vander Weide wore face paint and a cape on the arena TV screen during player introductions.
  • Krystkowiak played for Orlando in the 1993-94 season, averaging five points in 34 games.
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Rashard Lewis' debut in a Magic uniform is fantastic as he pours in 26 points in a blowout.  (Getty Images)
Rashard Lewis' debut in a Magic uniform is fantastic as he pours in 26 points in a blowout. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Milwaukee (0-1) 2422162183
Orlando (1-0) «24243519102
MIL:M. Redd 25 Pts
MIL:A. Bogut 11 Reb
MIL:C. Bell 4 Ast
ORL:R. Lewis 26 Pts
ORL:D. Howard 12 Reb
ORL:J. Nelson 7 Ast
Players of the Game
OrlandoMilwaukee

R. Lewis

M. Redd
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
26602552
Milwaukee
M. Redd, SG368-199-1052125
M. Williams, PG344-150-03139
A. Bogut, C302-90-011434
D. Mason, SF293-110-26246
J. Yi, SF254-51-43069
B. Simmons, SF257-112-432218
C. Bell, SG203-70-05417
C. Villanueva, PF191-80-06122
D. Gadzuric, C110-10-03040
M. Ruffin, C80-01-22011
R. Ivey, PG31-10-01012
J. Voskuhl, CDid Not Play
A. Storey, SFDid Not Play
D. Noel, SFDid Not Play
R. Sessions, PGDid Not Play
Totals 33-8713-2248162883
 37.9%59.1% 
Orlando
H. Turkoglu, SF348-155-552224
D. Howard, C314-98-10122216
R. Lewis, SF309-134-560326
J. Nelson, PG302-106-737010
K. Bogans, SG182-20-00046
P. Garrity, SF251-40-04022
K. Dooling, PG192-51-12326
C. Arroyo, PG182-60-22116
A. Foyle, C172-62-36036
T. Ariza, SF80-20-21020
J. Redick, SG80-10-00010
J. Augustine, PF20-00-01000
T. Battie, PFDid Not Play
B. Outlaw, PFDid Not Play
M. Gortat, FDid Not Play
Totals 32-7326-35421522102
 43.8%74.3% 
Other Games
Wash 110 Final
Ind 119
Phi 97 Final
Tor 106
Chi 103 Final
NJ 112
Sac 90 Final
NO 104
Dal 92 Final
Cle 74
SA 104 Final
Mem 101
Sea 103 Final
Den 120