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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Veteran guard Arron Afflalo scored 21 points in 30 minutes as the Orlando Magic breezed to an easy 113-102 victory over the lowly Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

It was the fifth consecutive loss for the Bucks (8-38) and the 14th loss in their last 15 games. The Magic (13-35) beat the Bucks for the 16th consecutive time in Orlando.

They sport the two worst records in the NBA.

Afflalo, who had 36 points in an earlier victory over Milwaukee, made seven of 13 shots and grabbed five rebounds. He didn't play in the final period, and the Bucks never got closer than 11 points in the second half.

Bucks guard Caron Butler had 20 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter when he hit four 3-point baskets, including one that became a 4-point play when he was fouled shooting.

Magic reserve forward Tobias Harris, who started last season in Milwaukee, had 18 points. Rookie guard Victor Oladipo had 15 points and seven assists. Magic point guard Jameer Nelson didn't play after the first quarter because of a sore left knee.

Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounm had 15 points and guard Gary Neal added 13.

The Magic shot 51.8 percent (43 of 83) from the field and led from start to finish in a game that never was close after the first quarter.

The Magic led 88-64 when the fourth period began. They limited Milwaukee to just 18 points in the third.

The Magic led 67-46 at intermission, riding a hot-shooting first half and a good start by Afflalo and center Nikola Vucevic. Afflalo had 17 points. Vucevic had 12. The Magic shot 57 percent from the field. It was the most points they have scored in a half this season, and the most the Bucks have allowed in an opening two quarters.

Afflalo had 14 points in the first quarter when the Magic jumped to a 35-20 lead, the most points they have scored in an opening period this season. The Bucks, with their 20th different starting lineup, offered little resistance early.

Vucevic was playing in his second game after missing the previous 12 because of an earlier concussion. Without him, the Magic won only twice.

The Bucks struggled to control the ball early, committing 13 turnovers that became 17 points for the Magic. The Bucks had one flurry late in the second quarter when forward Ersan Ilyasova hit back-to-back 3-point shots.

The Bucks play Saturday night in Memphis, while the Magic play Sunday in Boston.

NOTES: The Magic have not lost to the Bucks in Orlando since 2004. ... Magic G Arron Afflalo, averaging 20 ppg, said not making the Eastern Conference All-Star team will help him in the second half of the season. "I would call it more motivating than disappointing," Afflalo said. "I respect the coaches' opinions. I would never criticize the process." ... Bucks C John Henson was a surprise scratch on Friday night, missing the game with a sore right wrist. The Bucks also were without C Zaza Pachulia (right foot), C Ekpe Udoh (left ankle), F Carlos Delfino (right foot) and G O.J. Mayo (sick). ... With all of Milwaukee's injuries, this was the Bucks' 20th different starting lineup this season. ... Magic F Maurice Harkless agreed to play this summer with the Puerto Rico National team in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. Although he was born in New York City, Harkless qualified because his maternal grandfather was from Puerto Rico. ... Bucks G Giannis Antetokounmpo and Magic G Victor Oladipo were both selected for the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend.

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