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The Magic could see the avalanche coming down around them and they were powerless to stop it.
Brandon Knight stopped and popped for a duo of 3-pointers in the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Magic's six-point lead was completely gone. Then the Bucks were forcing turnovers -- five of them in the fourth quarter -- and getting out on the break. Long rebounds from contested or settled mid-range jumpers led to the fast break.
Knight had an emphatic dunk on the fast break off a pretty full-court pass from Giannis Antetokounmpo to Ramon Sessions.
Panic set in for the Magic and it cost them the game again and again.
The final panicky move was an unfortunate one from E'Twaun Moore. As the Magic cut a 14-point lead down to three in the final two minutes. With 30 seconds left though, Moore inexplicably fouled Sessions and he made both free throws to ice the 105-98 win for Milwaukee at BMO Harris Bradley Center on Monday.
Desperation came in too late and and a sense of panic as the Bucks kept coming and coming. Nothing seemed to phase them as they tried hard to get to the basket and force the Magic into defensive mistakes. They seemed happy to make them for stretches that were simply too long.
Milwaukee shot 21 for 25 from the foul line, really forcing the issue and taking it to Orlando's interior defense. The Magic had a hard time keeping the Bucks guards out of the paint. Knight had nine of his 24 points in the foruth quarter. He needed 23 field goals, but his shots came at important times.
The Bucks were just going and going and going.no comments