Ellis leads Bucks past Magic 107-98
Jennings scores 20 for Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE — Monta Ellis recorded his fourth double-double of the season, scoring 21 points and dishing out 11 assists in the Bucks’ 107-98 victory over Orlando Saturday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Milwaukee snapped a two-game losing streak by taking advantage of a shorthanded Magic roster. The Bucks shot 47 percent from the field and had five players score in double digits, including Brandon Jennings, who finished with 20.
Larry Sanders finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks and Ersan Ilyasova scored 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Mike Dunleavy scored 11 points off the bench for Milwaukee, which improved to 25-21.
Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Moe Harkless finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds and J.J. Redick added 15 with 8 assists for Orlando (14-32), which lost its ninth consecutive game and for the 20th time in the last 22 games.
Ilyasova and Sanders combined for 15 points and 10 rebounds in the first quarter as Milwaukee shot 52 percent from the field and went ahead by as many as 13 in the first quarter (31-22).
Orlando rallied in the second, drawing to within 46-43 on Kyle O’Quinn’s basket with 3:16 left in the quarter and got within four, 52-48, at halftime.
The Magic went ahead for the first time since 2-0 on Vucevic’s lay-up with 8:17 left in the third, but a 15-4 run, capped off by Ilyasova’s three-pointer put Milwaukee ahead by 10, 75-65, with 2:28 left in quarter and the Bucks led, 79-67, heading into the final quarter.
After falling behind by 15 with 3:39 left in the game, the Magic used a 10-0 run to cut the lead to five on a Redick 3-pointer with 33 seconds left. Ellis made four of four free throws and Sanders hit two more in the final seconds to close it out for Milwaukee.
NOTES: The Magic, already shorthanded without leading scorer Aaron Afflalo and Glen Davis, were forced to play Saturday without Jameer Nelson, who suffered a bad bruise when he collided with Paul Pierce on Friday in Boston. Redick and E’Twaun Moore started in place of Afflalo and Nelson, respectively. “We’ll be ready to go with the guys we have and ready to compete,” Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said. … Jennings had made 23 of his last 50 3-point attempts. … The all-time series between the two teams is tied, 43-43, and have won the last seven against Milwaukee. … The Bucks are 8-3 and have won four of their last five games against Atlantic Division opponents this season. … Vucevic is the only Magic player to play in all 45 games this season. He’s averaging 14.0 points and 13.4 rebounds with 18 double-doubles in his last 25 games.