On the second night of back-to-backs after a night of traveling for both squads, the Milwaukee Bucks found a way to beat the Orlando Magic for the third time this season and the first without Eric Bledsoe or Giannis Antetokounmpo, 111-100.
The Magic had their All-Star Nikola Vucevic available this go around but lost Aaron Gordon during this game. Still, Orlando found a way to fight back from a nearly 20-point deficit to make it a four-point game at the end of the third quarter. Milwaukee was struggling to defend the three-point line a little more than usual and the Magic took advantage, making four more threes on the night than the Bucks.
Yet, another example of the Bucks’ depth getting them through regular-season games showed from Ersan Ilyasova and George Hill. Ersan started in place of Giannis for the second night in a row and absolutely owned both opportunities. Saturday night, he put up 17/14/5 on 5-6 from three in just 27 minutes, including some timely shooting and rebounding in the fourth quarter.
George Hill put the dagger into this game in the fourth when, with under two minutes, he hit a three above the break while attracting a shooting foul. He missed the free throw, but after Ersan snagged the offensive rebound, he kicked it back out to Hill for another three. A ten-point game was suddenly sixteen and both teams put in their subs. Along with his two threes in a single possession, George finished with 17/5/3 on 7-11 from the field and 3-6 from deep.
Khris did his thing with 21/5/7 and two steals to lead the team in scoring. The Lopez twins wouldn’t be forgotten either. Brook had 10/3/1 with three blocks and steals while brother Robin had 17/3/1 on 7-8 shooting with their mother and two brothers in attendance.
Milwaukee has now scored at least 100 points in 58-straight games, just three from tying the record set by the Houston Rockets three seasons ago.
The Bucks will get back in action Monday in Chicago. Tip is set for 7:00 p.m. CT.