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Giannis, Bucks wear down lowly Magic in 110-103 win

MILWAUKEE (AP) With a lineup full of long, athletic players, the Milwaukee Bucks can make up for poor nights from the 3-point line by wearing down opponents in transition.

They ran away from Orlando on Wednesday night once they figured out how to slow down the lowly Magic.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points, Khris Middleton added 22 and the Bucks turned up their defensive intensity after a porous first quarter for a 110-103 win on Wednesday night.

John Henson picked up his fifth double-double of the year with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who handed the Magic their sixth straight loss and 15th in their last 16.

''Our defense is our biggest thing right now so we can get out on transition,'' guard Eric Bledsoe said. ''I thought we got a lot of easy buckets in transition - that's our game.''

Antetokounmpo was a matchup problem all night around the rim. His play helped make up for the Bucks' poor night from beyond the arc, where they were 4 of 19 (21 percent).

The 6-foot-11 forward backed down Aaron Gordon in the post, then used a spin move to drive for a layup on a three-point play for a 66-57 lead with 7:55 left in the third.

After an empty Orlando possession, Antetokounmpo took a feed along the baseline from Bledsoe for an uncontested dunk. The Magic called timeout but it did not help.

''In the third quarter, the starting group did a really good job of taking control of the game,'' Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said.

Leading by 20 to start the fourth quarter, Kidd was able to get some rest for Antetokounmpo and Bledsoe (15 points) with the Golden State Warriors visiting Milwaukee on Friday night.

Evan Fournier had 21 points to lead Orlando, which cut the deficit to single digits during the closing minutes with reserves on the floor.

Gordon had 11 points but was just 4 of 18 from the field in 30 minutes, including a stretch of 12 straight missed shots in the second and third quarters. He was averaging 24.8 points over his previous five games.

After shooting 50 percent in the first quarter, Orlando tailed off to 32 percent (15 of 46) in the second and third quarters combined.

''I think we're fighting. I think we're playing hard,'' coach Frank Vogel said. ''We're just not a very good basketball team right now. We got to fight and execute.''

TIP-INS

Magic: A stretch of losing has led to questions from some fans about whether Orlando should be tanking for a high draft pick. Vogel wants no part of that discussion. ''That's not a word I digest. I'm trying to build a winning culture, winning habits. And that's my only focus,'' Vogel said before the game.

Bucks: F Jabari Parker is on target to return from a left knee injury the week before the All-Star break. Kidd said Parker was doing great and is about a month away from playing. ... Henson had an active night , including eight points and eight rebounds to help the Bucks take a seven-point halftime lead.

OUT OF THE PAINT

Middleton said the Bucks made a concerted effort to keep the Magic out of the lane after the first quarter, forcing them to take contested jumpers. Gordon didn't have his outside shot to make up for his lack of production inside.

''I mean, they've got a long defense,'' Gordon said. ''They don't make it easy for you to score at the rim. My outside shot definitely was not falling tonight.''

NO SHOT

The Magic also had a tough night from 3-point range, shooting 2 of 13 (15 percent) in the first half. They finished 8 of 29 (27 percent), including 4 of 8 by Marreese Speights (14 points).

QUOTABLE

''Energy-wise, it was a 10. Sharing the ball, getting stops ... I thought they did a great job.'' - Kidd.

UP NEXT

Magic: Wrap up a three-game trip with a visit to the Washington Wizards on Friday.

Bucks: Reach the midpoint of the season by hosting Golden State on Friday.

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Key Players
A. Gordon
00 PF
G. Antetokounmpo
34 PF
37.7 Min. Per Game 37.7
28.7 Pts. Per Game 28.7
4.7 Ast. Per Game 4.7
10.1 Reb. Per Game 10.1
47.1 Field Goal % 55.5
47.5 Three Point % 55.2
73.8 Free Throw % 77.5
  Offensive foul 0:00
+ 1 Shelvin Mack made free throw 0:24
  Shooting foul on Sean Kilpatrick 0:24
+ 2 Shelvin Mack made layup 0:24
+ 2 Thon Maker made dunk, assist by Tony Snell 0:29
  Bad pass turnover on Wesley Iwundu, stolen by Thon Maker 0:31
  Defensive rebound by Wesley Iwundu 0:48
  Sean Kilpatrick missed jump shot 0:50
+ 3 Mario Hezonja made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bismack Biyombo 1:10
  Lost ball turnover on D.J. Wilson, stolen by Mario Hezonja 1:24
+ 1 Bismack Biyombo made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:46
Team Stats
Points 103 110
Field Goals 39-90 (43.3%) 45-81 (55.6%)
3-Pointers 8-29 (27.6%) 4-19 (21.1%)
Free Throws 17-18 (94.4%) 16-25 (64.0%)
Total Rebounds 41 56
Offensive 8 10
Defensive 26 36
Team 7 10
Assists 26 20
Steals 6 4
Blocks 4 9
Turnovers 8 14
Fouls 21 21
Technicals 2 1
21 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
14 PTS, 9 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Magic 12-30 29172334103
home team logo Bucks 22-18 30233621110
Team Stats
away team logo Magic 12-30 107.5 PPG 42.6 RPG 26.2 APG
home team logo Bucks 22-18 120.1 PPG 51.3 RPG 26.6 APG
Key Players
E. Fournier SF 16.1 PPG 2.9 RPG 4.2 APG 42.6 FG%
G. Antetokounmpo PF 25.9 PPG 12.7 RPG 5.5 APG 55.5 FG%
Top Scorers
E. Fournier SF 21 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
G. Antetokounmpo PF 26 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
43.3 FG% 55.6
27.6 3PT FG% 21.1
94.4 FT% 64.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Fournier 26 21 4 3 1 1 3 3 8/14 2/5 3/3 0 4 30 -3
B. Biyombo 25 14 9 2 1 0 0 3 5/7 0/0 4/4 2 7 28 -8
A. Gordon 29 11 4 1 0 0 1 2 4/18 0/5 3/4 2 2 16 -23
J. Simmons 21 7 1 1 1 0 0 1 2/6 1/2 2/2 1 0 11 -14
E. Payton 21 6 1 7 0 0 2 1 3/8 0/2 0/0 0 1 19 -14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Fournier 26 21 4 3 1 1 3 3 8/14 2/5 3/3 0 4 30 -3
B. Biyombo 25 14 9 2 1 0 0 3 5/7 0/0 4/4 2 7 28 -8
A. Gordon 29 11 4 1 0 0 1 2 4/18 0/5 3/4 2 2 16 -23
J. Simmons 21 7 1 1 1 0 0 1 2/6 1/2 2/2 1 0 11 -14
E. Payton 21 6 1 7 0 0 2 1 3/8 0/2 0/0 0 1 19 -14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Speights 22 14 1 1 0 2 0 4 4/9 4/8 2/2 0 1 19 +1
M. Hezonja 30 13 4 1 2 0 1 4 6/10 1/2 0/0 1 3 20 +10
S. Mack 14 8 1 1 1 0 0 2 3/3 0/0 2/2 0 1 12 +10
W. Iwundu 18 5 4 4 0 0 1 0 2/3 0/0 1/1 1 3 16 +9
D. Augustin 18 4 3 4 0 0 0 1 2/10 0/5 0/0 1 2 15 -12
A. Afflalo 11 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 5 +9
N. Vucevic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ross - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Artis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Birch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Isaac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 103 34 26 6 4 8 21 39/90 8/29 17/18 8 26 191 -35
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 33 26 7 1 0 1 2 2 10/15 0/0 6/10 3 4 34 +22
K. Middleton 35 22 5 4 0 0 1 3 9/14 0/3 4/6 0 5 34 +16
E. Bledsoe 27 15 5 4 1 2 2 0 7/14 1/6 0/0 0 5 29 +19
M. Brogdon 36 14 9 7 0 2 0 3 6/10 1/3 1/2 1 8 39 +20
J. Henson 29 14 10 1 0 2 2 2 7/11 0/0 0/0 5 5 26 +22
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 33 26 7 1 0 1 2 2 10/15 0/0 6/10 3 4 34 +22
K. Middleton 35 22 5 4 0 0 1 3 9/14 0/3 4/6 0 5 34 +16
E. Bledsoe 27 15 5 4 1 2 2 0 7/14 1/6 0/0 0 5 29 +19
M. Brogdon 36 14 9 7 0 2 0 3 6/10 1/3 1/2 1 8 39 +20
J. Henson 29 14 10 1 0 2 2 2 7/11 0/0 0/0 5 5 26 +22
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Dellavedova 15 7 0 2 1 0 2 2 3/6 1/3 0/1 0 0 10 -6
T. Snell 16 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 1/1 1/1 2/2 0 1 8 -13
T. Maker 18 5 2 0 1 1 1 5 1/5 0/1 3/4 1 1 8 -15
S. Brown 21 2 7 0 1 1 1 1 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 7 10 -10
S. Kilpatrick 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 -1 -10
D. Wilson 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 -2 -10
J. Terry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teletovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Vaughn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
X. Munford - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 110 46 20 4 9 14 21 45/81 4/19 16/25 10 36 195 +35