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Magic 94, Bucks 91

The SportsXchange

ORLANDO -- Veteran guard Arron Afflalo scored a career-high 36 points, including 29 in the second half, to lead the Orlando Magic to a 94-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night at the Amway Arena.

Afflalo hit eight 3-point baskets, including five in a comeback third quarter, to help the Magic (4-5) snap a three-game losing streak. It was the Magic's 15th consecutive victory over the Bucks in Orlando.

Guard O.J. Mayo had 25 points and forward Caron Butler 20 to pace the Bucks (2-5), who were crushed Tuesday night by the Heat in Miami.

Afflalo hit eight of 11 shots from 3-point range, including three in the first three minutes of the second half. His fifth of the period allowed the Magic to tie the game at 70.

The Bucks took a 74-72 lead into the fourth, but the Magic grabbed their first lead of the game, 79-76, with 7:43 remaining when Afflalo hit his seventh 3-pointer. His eighth gave the Magic an 84-78 lead.

The Bucks regained the lead briefly at 89-88, but the Magic came up big defensively. Afflalo added eight rebounds and six assists, including a final one to center Nikola Vucevic, who scored with :08 remaining to seal the victory.

The Bucks led 54-45 at intermission, getting 15 points from Butler and 12 from O.J. Mayo. The Bucks never trailed in the first two periods after forward Khris Middleton scored the game's first four points. They led by as many as 19 points in the second quarter.

The Magic, who allowed 120 points Monday night in Boston, gave up 36 points in the first quarter Wednesday, digging an early 13-point deficit. Butler had 12 points in the first 12 minutes.

Veteran Magic guard Jameer Nelson was called for a flagrant foul -- just the second in his career -- in the second quarter when he clipped Bucks rookie guard Nate Wolters across the head on a breakaway basket.

NOTES: Veteran Magic F Glen Davis, on the injured list while his left foot mends, was fined an undisclosed amount by the team Wednesday because of an incident early Saturday morning in downtown Orlando. A video emerged this week on TMZ in which Davis was seen smashing the keyboard of a front-desk reservations computer at a motel. "We will not tolerate or condone this type of behavior," Magic GM Rob Hennigan said.. ... Bucks rookie PG Nate Wolters went into the game leading the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (6.8-1). Wolters was averaging 31.4 minutes, 5.7 assists and 8.8 points, getting more-than-expected playing time this season because of injuries to Milwaukee's more experienced point guards. ... The Bucks had only eight players available with G Brandon Knight (hamstring), C Zaza Pachulia (sore right foot) and G Gary Neal (sore left foot) sitting out. ... Milwaukee G Luke Ridnour has not played this season due to back spasms, but he joined the team and worked out Wednesday in Orlando. ... The Bucks return to action Friday night against the unbeaten Indiana Pacers. The Magic are home Saturday against Dallas.
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