However, thanks to Wes Matthews, the Bucks looked safe at halftime with a 12-point lead (63-51), but Gary Harris and Tim Frazier will wake up the crowd and their teammates with 3-pointers. Wendell Carter Jr. is even allowed to dunk Giannis and off to the side, Jalen Suggs and Cole Anthony are literally dancing for joy!
Always so flawless, Franz Wagner draws (71-71), and everything has to be done again for the Bucks. Worse still, thanks to Admiral Schofield, the Magic even take control with three minutes left in the third quarter.
On his bench, Mike Budenholzer leaves his players to their own devices, and he is doing well, as they signed 10-0 in one minute to regain width (89-80). Back on the field, Giannis Antetokounmpo takes the game on his own, scoring 12 of his team’s first 17 points in the 4th quarter. Magic replacements are overwhelmed and Milwaukee takes a 17-point lead (112-95).
Milwaukee can then manage the endgame with Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton who are in charge of responding to Moe Wagner’s last arrows. Final victory 136-118 for this second consecutive night in Orlando, and the attack of the NBA champions offers a record of points for this season.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– Fast sweep. Four games, four wins for the Bucks against the Magic this season. The defending champs even hold up to 11 straight wins over teammates Wendell Carter Jr. Only Detroit is worse against the Bucks with twelve straight losses.
– The impotence of magic. Orlando basically suffered under the panels, dominated in size and weight. Robin Lopez is not there, and Mo Bamba is barely recovering. In the first half, Milwaukee hit the racket and collected a lot of offensive rebounds. Upon arrival, that gives him 50 rebounds to 33, and 56 points written in paint.
TOPS / FLOPS
And Giannis Antetokounmpo. Without forcing much, the “Greek Freak” signs his 18th double-double of the season with 33 points, 12 rebounds but also 5 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. We will also remember his perfect 6 of 6 in free throws, an area in which he is still in difficulty this season. As soon as he accelerates, the defense is overwhelmed, and if Wendell Carter Jr. holds him back, he serves his shooters. It’s déjà vu, and it’s been revised for years, and Orlando pays a heavy price at the start of the fourth quarter.
✅ DeMarcus Cousins. Five fouls in 16 minutes, but it was he who woke up his teammates at the end of the 3rd quarter. Always in his inimitable style, he plays the shoulder forward, insists, and it hurts. He scored 13 of his 15 points in the third quarter.
✅ Wendell Carter Jr. He’s the only one who held out under the panels … The Magic were stepped on but the former Bulls inside stood his ground and defended Antetokounmpo quite well.
⛔ RJ Hampton. Cole Anthony is absent, has a golden chance to win, but the former Nuggets rookie is still struggling to find the right balance. “Guard combo” doesn’t weigh enough in the game, and its defense is highly suspect.
Orlando (7-29) : Sunday trip to Boston.
Milwaukee (24-13) : Pelicans reception on Saturday.