Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)

Series starts 1/18

Game 1: Friday, January 18th
Game 2: Tuesday, March 19th
Game 3: Sunday, March 24th

Magic 85

(37-32, 15-21 away)

Bucks 110

(37-31, 21-14 home)

    2:00 PM ET, March 24, 2002

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 19 25 25 1685
    MIL 31 26 36 17110

    Top Performers

    Orl: D. Armstrong 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mil: G. Robinson 25 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    Milwaukee breaks four-game losing streak

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A visit from the short-handed Orlando Magic was just want the Milwaukee Bucks needed.

    Glenn Robinson

    Milwaukee and Glenn Robinson ran roughshod over Orlando and Troy Hudson.

    Glenn Robinson had 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Bucks broke a four-game losing streak by beating the undermanned Magic 110-85 Sunday.

    The Central Division champions last year had lost six of seven and fallen to fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

    But the Bucks shot 62.3 percent through three quarters to build the lead as high as 27. Orlando played without the injured Tracy McGrady and two other top scorers, then lost Troy Hudson in the third quarter after he took a hard spill. The victory gave Milwaukee a 2-1 edge in the season series and the tiebreaker advantage for playoff position.

    "I'm pretty sure there's going to be one tie, maybe two," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "So it's good to have as many (tiebreakers) as we can have."

    McGrady, the NBA's fourth-leading scorer (25.4 points a game), missed the game after back spasms forced him out of the game Friday against Charlotte. Orlando already was without Mike Miller (15.8 points a game), who is out with a sprained ankle, and Grant Hill (16.8 points a game), who has missed most of the season following ankle surgery.

    "The first half, I thought we made some mental mistakes," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said. "Eventually, the dam broke and we didn't have enough fingers to plug the holes."

    The Bucks made their first six shots to take a 13-2 lead. The margin grew to 31-19 at the end of the first quarter. Orlando closed to 35-30 midway through the second period, but baskets from Michael Redd and Greg Anthony slowed that threat.

    Robinson, whose bruised tailbone kept him out of the 108-84 defeat Friday at New Jersey, hit 10 of 13 shots from the field Sunday.

    "(Robinson) had a great rhythm all night long," Karl said. "Had I put him back in he could've had an even bigger night. I thought it was important to give him and some of the other guys some rest, though."

    Anthony Mason had 12 assists as the Bucks had 32 assists on their 44 field goals.

    "When we play our best basketball we distribute the ball the way we did today," Robinson said. "We win games when we play that way."

    Milwaukee shot 59.5 percent from the field in the first half and led by as many as 18 points, ending the half with a 57-44 lead.

    The margin grew to 89-62 on a long jumper by Robinson midway through the third quarter.

    Sam Cassell added 21 points for the Bucks. Darrell Armstrong led the Magic with 17 points and Monty Williams added 16.

    Game notes

    McGrady did not travel with the Magic to Milwaukee, but Rivers said he might play Tuesday against Chicago. Rivers said the worst-case scenario would see McGrady missing Tuesday and Wednesday (Charlotte), then returning Friday against Indiana. ... Bucks forward Tim Thomas sat out his eighth consecutive game with a sprained right knee. ... Hudson was injured when he went high for a Cassell shot fake, flipped over Cassell's shoulder on the way down and landed hard on his back. He complained of a sore lower back and will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Orlando.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 110
    FGM-FGA 29-79 (.367) 44-84 (.524)
    3PM-3PA 4-14 (.286) 8-16 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 23-30 (.767) 14-23 (.609)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-39 9-51
    Assists 18 32
    Turnovers 16 16
    Steals 7 9
    Blocks 4 3
    Fast Break Points 3 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (3/0) 23 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    Darrell Armstrong Armstrong
    Points: 17
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Glenn Robinson Robinson
    Points: 25
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0