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Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks past Magic

/ 02:46 PM January 12, 2021
Milwaukee Bucks v Orlando Magic

Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks drives to the net as Aaron Gordon #00 of the Orlando Magic defends at Amway Center on January 11, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Alex Menendez/Getty Images/AFP

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 13 of his 22 points in the second half to lift the visiting Milwaukee Bucks to a 121-99 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday.

Antetokounmpo show no ill effects of the back spasms that prevented him from playing in Milwaukee’s 100-90 win over Cleveland on Saturday. The reigning, two-time NBA Most Valuable Player ignited scoring surges in the second half and danced around foul trouble for the Bucks, who outscored the Magic by a 35-17 margin in the fourth quarter.

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Khris Middleton collected 20 points and 10 rebounds and Bobby Portis finished with 20 points off the bench to send Milwaukee to its fifth win in six games. Middleton made 9 of 17 shots and Portis went 9 of 13 for the Bucks, who shot 50.5 percent (46 of 91) from the floor.

Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic recorded 28 points and 13 rebounds for his third straight double-double and eighth of the season.

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Aaron Gordon had 21 points and eight assists for the Magic, who have dropped three in a row and five of seven since starting the season with a franchise-best 4-0 record.

The teams were meeting for the first time since Milwaukee defeated Orlando in five games during their Eastern Conference opening-round series.

Antetokounmpo opened the scoring in the third quarter and later added a finger-roll layup and a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions to push the Bucks’ lead to 73-62.

Cole Anthony answered by scoring by scoring seven of his team’s next 10 points and Gordon sank a 3-pointer to trim Milwaukee’s lead to 80-78.

Undaunted, Antetokounmpo began the fourth with a reverse layup before he joined Portis in draining a 3-pointer to push the Bucks’ advantage to 94-86. Brook Lopez converted a three-point play and Pat Connaughton, Middleton and Bryn Forbes each sank a 3-pointer as the lead ballooned to 110-88 with 5:54 to play.

The Bucks’ bench scored the final seven points of the first quarter and Jrue Holiday strung together seven straight points to ignite a late surge to help Milwaukee secure a 63-54 lead at halftime.

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