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