Home may be where the heart is, but victories for the Orlando Magic are hard to find at the Amway Center. The Milwaukee Bucks handed the Magic their fourth straight defeat on Sunday night, 104-96. It marked the second loss to Milwaukee in a span of six days.
The Magic loss capped a three-game sweep of their home stand by opponents. All three losses, including earlier defeats by Washington and Phoenix, came against teams with losing records.
Give Coach Frank Vogel credit; he is trying different things to snap his team out of its recent funk. On Sunday, he tweaked the starting lineup.
Returning to a starting role is forward Aaron Gordon. D.J. Augustin replaced Elfrid Payton as the starting point guard while Nikola Vucevic headed to the bench in favor of Bismack Biyombo.
The other starting forward, Jeff Green, was out with an illness.
Gordon’s return to the starting lineup was one he will look to forget. He was zero for 12 from the field and went scoreless.
Biyombo had four points and four rebounds in 33 minutes. Augustin had 11 points and five assists.
Vucevic had a solid 17 points and 16 rebounds off the bench and Payton 16 points and three assists. Only eight players got into the game.
After falling behind midway through the first quarter, the Magic would not lead again. Milwaukee’s biggest lead was nine points and the Magic managed one tie at 60-60 midway through the third period, but that was as close as they got.
Serge Ibaka had another strong game, finishing with 19 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Evan Fournier was even better with 27 points, six rebounds and seven assists.
The Bucks made shots when they needed it, shooting 48 percent from the field. It is hard to come back when the best you can do is match baskets with the opponent.
With the loss, Orlando now stands at 6-11 on the season and are only 4-6 at home. They now embark on a five-game road trip beginning Tuesday in San Antonio against the Spurs.