NBA: Bucks withstand late charge to get past Magic

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) made a dunk against the Orlando Magic in the second half at Amway Center.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) made a dunk against the Orlando Magic in the second half at Amway Center. Required credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 13 rebounds as the visiting Milwaukee Bucks continued to dominate the Orlando Magic with a 109-102 win on Monday.

Bobby Portis added 18 points and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, who won 12 games in a row against the Magic. Jrue Holiday had 17 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists, while rookie AJ ​​Green scored a career-high 12 when coming on from the bench.

Franz Wagner scored 25 points to lead Orlando, while Paolo Banchero had 20 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Markelle Fultz scored 20 points, while Moritz Wagner scored 19 points and 12 rebounds.

The Magic has lost 9 consecutive games and owns the worst record in the tournament with a score of 5-20.

Antetokounmpo has scored at least 30 points in seven consecutive career-highs for the Bucks, which have won five of the last six.

Milwaukee took a 19-point lead in the third inning before Orlando recovered late in the game and took the lead in the 101-97 round on Terrence Ross’ 3-pointer with 2:20 remaining.

The Magic took a five-point lead with 24.7 seconds left before Holiday converted two fouls to seal the victory for Milwaukee.

Orlando has a shot rate of 36.6% from the field and 8 out of 32 (25%) from 3 points.

Milwaukee took a 30-21 lead at the end of the first quarter after finishing 14-0. Antetokounmpo has 12 points when shooting 4/5, including a pair of 3 points.

The Bucks continued their momentum into the second half and took a 51-36 lead through Portis with three minutes left in the game.

Fultz and Moritz Wagner combined gave Orlando 22 points in the first half, leading 56-45 after halftime.

Milwaukee forward Khris Middleton had five points in the 11th shootout with five assists in 26 minutes in his second game since a nearly eight-month absence with injury.

Magic is traumatized without Wendell Carter Jr. (right leg), Jalen Suggs (right ankle), Gary Harris (right hamstring), Mo Bamba (back spasm) and Chuma Okeke (left knee).

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