Milwaukee (22-38) at Orlando (28-33)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Mon Mar 5, 2007
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After wasting one of the best performances of Michael Redd’s career, the Milwaukee Bucks hope to rebound from a tough loss Monday and take advantage of the sputtering Orlando Magic.

Redd scored 52 points - the second-highest total of his seven-year career - Sunday, when he made 18 of 32 shots, including 8 of 13 from 3-point range. Milwaukee (22-38), though, still lost 126-121 in overtime to Chicago.

The Bucks, who squandered an 18-point lead over the Bulls in the fourth quarter, had their modest three-game winning streak snapped. It was also the second time Milwaukee failed to capitalize on a 50-point effort by Redd. The Bucks lost 113-111 to Utah on Nov. 11, when the swingman scored a career-best and franchise-record 57 points.

“I don’t think it is good for me to score 50 points anymore because we haven’t won since I have done that,” Redd said. “It is very frustrating. We have to learn how to finish off games.”

Redd, who leads the Bucks with a career-high 27.8 points per game, is averaging 28.1 points in seven contests since returning from a left knee injury that sidelined him for 20 games. The Bucks went 3-17 without him in that stretch, which included a 98-73 loss at Orlando on Jan. 31 and a 116-111 win over the Magic on Feb. 6.

The Bucks have dropped 11 of their last 12 road games, with the lone win coming in a 94-81 victory at Toronto on Friday. Milwaukee, which is 9-25 away from the Bradley Center this season, has also dropped its last three visits to Orlando.

Meanwhile, the Magic (28-33) have lost three straight games overall and seven of their last eight. They fell 103-98 at Dallas on Saturday, as Darko Milicic turned the ball over in the paint with 28 seconds to play and Orlando trailing by three points.

“We made a couple of turnovers down the stretch … other than that we had a great chance of winning this game but came up short,” said Dwight Howard, who had 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Orlando coach Brian Hill took some positives from the loss to the Mavericks - the team with the best record in the NBA.

“There are no moral victories in the NBA,” said Hill, whose team is committing a league-high 17.0 turnovers per game. “But as I told the team, I’m very proud of the way they played tonight. They played hard, we executed, we followed our game plan, tried to get the ball out of (Dirk) Nowitzki’s hands a lot.”

Orlando will need more than moral victories to make the playoffs. The team is only 6-19 since Jan. 10, when its 22-14 record was second-best in the Eastern Conference and led the Southeast Division by one game over Washington.

The slump has dropped the Magic 6 1/2 games back of the Wizards, and one-half game behind New Jersey for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

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