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ORLANDO -- Center Nikola Vucevic had 30 points and 20 rebounds Wednesday night to lead the Orlando Magic to a 113-103 overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, who lost their seventh consecutive road game.

Tobias Harris, who missed a free throw that could have won the game in regulation, had 30 points and 19 rebounds for the Magic (20-59). They snapped a five-game losing streak.

Monta Ellis had 21 points and 11 assists to lead the Bucks, but he missed a pair of free throws at the end of regulation that also could have sealed a victory.

Milwaukee rookie John Henson had 17 points, along with career highs in rebounds (25) and blocked shots (7).

Harris tied the game in regulation on a 3-point basket with 1.9 seconds remaining. He missed the free throw and a possible four-point play when he was fouled on the shot by Marquis Daniels.

The Bucks, who already have clinched a playoff spot, led 93-88 in regulation, but they struggled in the final minute. Ellis missed two free throws and Mike Dunleavy was called for a five-second violation when he couldn't inbound the ball, giving life to the Magic.

The Magic scored first in overtime and never trailed.

Brandon Jennings, who scored 30 points in Tuesday night's loss in Miami, left after just six minutes Wednesday with a sore left Achilles. Jennings hit a 3-pointer to start the game, his only basket and the Bucks only lead until late in the third quarter.

Milwaukee center Larry Sanders played 15 minutes in the first half, but he didn't play after intermission because of a sore lower back, resulting from a hard fall in the second quarter.

Milwaukee already was without starting forward Ersan Ilyasova, who missed the game with the flu.

The Magic led 48-45 at halftime after leading by as many as 14 points early. The Magic dominated at the start, getting 10 points each from Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris in the first quarter.

Henson had nine points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots in the first half. Vucevic had 14 points and nine rebounds by intermission.

The Bucks, who were beaten Tuesday in Miami, were awful at the start, getting outrebounded 18-9 in the first quarter.

NOTES: Former Magic player J.J. Redick, who played in Orlando for 6 1/2 seasons before he was traded to the Bucks Feb. 21, returned to Orlando for the first time Wednesday. "It's great to be home," he said. The crowd gave Redick a standing ovation during a first-quarter time out when the Magic did a video tribute to him on the overhead scoreboard. Both teams stood and watched the tribune. "I just hope my legacy here is that I was someone who played hard all the time, worked hard and was a true professional," Redick said. He entered the game a minute later. Redick, who will become a free agent this summer, offered little insight where he would be playing next season. "I'll weigh everything. I won't assume anything. I just hope I get at least one offer," he said. ... Ilyasova, who played 21 minutes Tuesday as a starter, sat out Wednesday's game with the flu. He was replaced by Luc Mbah a Moute in the starting lineup. ... Magic point guard Jameer Nelson missed his sixth consecutive game Wednesday night because of a sprained right ankle. ... The Bucks have clinched the No. 8 playoff spot in the East, but it means a first-round matchup against Miami, which crushed them Tuesday without even using Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade.
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