Giannis Antetokounmpo’s triple-double led the Milwaukee to a late come-from-behind 113-110 victory of the Orlando Magic on Friday. The second year forward from Greece scored 18 points, hauled in 11 rebounds and dished out 11 assists to help the Bucks overcome a five point deficit in the final 2:24.
Antetokounmpo was only five of 13 from the field, but he acted like a point guard in sharing the ball with teammates for scores. Jabari Parker was equally huge for the Bucks, scoring 26 points, making 12 of 14 shots.
Milwaukee looked like they might run the Magic out of the Bradley Center, running out to a 30-16 lead. Orlando closed the quarter by scoring six of the final seven points to trail 31-22 at the end of the quarter.
The Bucks stretched the lead to 47-34 on a dunk by John Henson with 6:15 left in the half. Again, the Magic responded with a 10-0 run to get within three. Milwaukee led at the half, 58-57.
Khris Middleton’s dunk with 8:22 left in the third quarter, pushed the Bucks’ lead back to double digits at 73-59. Trailing 81-70, the Magic played outstanding basketball over the final four minutes, outscoring the Bucks 15-3 to take an 85-84 lead into the final period.
The fourth quarter went back and forth until the Magic seemed to take control with six minutes remaining. A three-pointer by Victor Oladipo with 6:16 remaining gave Orlando a 102-96 advantage.
With the Magic ahead, 107-102 with 2:24 left, Milwaukee scored six straight points to take the lead. Orlando had a chance to tie with 10 seconds left, but Evan Fournier was called for a charge in the lane. Following two Milwaukee free throws, Fournier’s desperation three-pointer narrowly missed at the buzzer.
“We made a couple of bad decisions and when you have a lead like that, obviously if you shut them out the rest of the game, they can’t win,” said Magic Coach Scott Skiles. ” So we weren’t able to do either; we weren’t able to get stops or make the plays to win the game.”
The loss broke the Magic’s three-game winning streak. Both teams are now 32-44 on the season. Milwaukee leads the season series, 2-1.
Nikola Vucevic had his second straight strong outing after returning from injury, scoring 22 points off the bench. Oladipo added 18.
Vucevic hit 10 of 13 shots and counting last night’s performance against Indiana, has made 22 of 28 shots since his return.
Next up for the Magic is the Memphis Grizzlies, who visit the Amway Center on Sunday. Only six games remain in the regular season.