Bucks 115, Magic 109

The SportsXchange

MILWAUKEE -- Monta Ellis scored 25 points, including five 3-pointers, in the fourth quarter as the Bucks rallied late for a 115-109 victory over Orlando Sunday afternoon at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Ellis finished with 39 points, along with six rebounds and five assists, to lead Milwaukee, which went ahead on Larry Sanders' dunk with 55 seconds left.

Ellis hit his fifth 3 of the quarter to put Milwaukee ahead 113-109 with 13 seconds to play.

After a timeout, Orlando was called for a five-second violation on the inbound play and J.J. Redick hit two free throws with 11.6 seconds left to clinch the victory for Milwaukee and snap a three-game losing streak.

Along with Ellis, Ersan Ilyasova had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Milwaukee. Brandon Jennings scored 15 points with 14 assists and Sanders had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Aaron Afflalo led Orlando with 24 points while Maurice Harkless added 23. Nikola Vucevic added 20 points and Jameer Nelson finished with 16 for the Magic. Tobias Harris, who spent his first 1 1/2 seasons with Milwaukee, finished with 14 points and eight rebounds against his former team, fouling out with 2:43 left in the game.

Cold shooting put Milwaukee in a hole early. The Bucks made just seven of their first 27 shots and trailed 25-18 after one quarter.

Mo Harkless and Arron Affalo combined for 12 points in the first half as the Magic shot an even 50 percent (24 of 48) from the field and after going ahead by as many as 13 points, led the Bucks 54-44 at halftime.

The Bucks rattled off seven straight points to open the second half, drawing within three when Jennings' 3-pointer made it a 54-51 game just 90 seconds into the third quarter. Orlando recovered and Harris' 3-pointer with 25 remaining put Orlando up 13 but Ellis' reverse layup cut the lead to 81-70 heading into the fourth.

Epke Udoh got Milwaukee within seven on a turnaround hook with 7:40 but after a defensive three-second violation, Afflalo hit a free throw and a long jumper to put the Magic back up 95-85 with 7:09 to play.

Ellis followed with back-to-back 3-pointers, again cutting the Orlando lead to 97-91 with 6:03 to play. After Harris pushed the Magic back out by nine, Ellis came back with another 3-pointer with 6:04 left. Harris connected on a short jumper and Sanders drew the foul on his layup. After converting the free throw, Milwaukee trailed 101-97 with 4:50 to play.

An Orlando turnover led to a breakaway dunk for Ellis, who hit his fourth from long range with 3:57 on the clock. Milwaukee finally tied the game on Ilyasova's layup with 1:36 left and went ahead for good on Ellis' fifth three of the quarter.

Notes: Sunday marked the first meeting between the two teams since a deadline deal that sent Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith to Milwaukee while Tobias Harris, Beno Udrih and Doron Lamb went to Orlando. The Bucks are 6-5 since the trade; the Magic are 3-9. ... Harris, Milwaukee's first-round draft pick -- via a three-team trade -- last season (19th overall), is averaging 15.9 points and 7.3 rebounds since the trade. "I'm excited to be in this situation and grateful for it," Harris said. "I'm just trying to take advantage of it." ... The Bucks' Larry Sanders has been ejected from the team's last two games ... Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, dealing with a toe injury, missed his fourth consecutive game for Milwaukee ... The all-time series between the two teams is tied 43-43, but Orlando has won seven of the last eight meetings.
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