A humbling 128-114 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night at home seemed like the perfect antidote to get the Orlando Magic motivated when they visited the undefeated Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. Instead, the Bucks proved that the Magic have a long ways to go in being consider an Eastern Conference contender.
The Bucks has six players score in double digits, including star Giannis Antetokounmpo scoring a team-high 21 points, as Milwaukee ran past Orlando in a 113-91 blowout victory at the Fiserv Forum. The Magic (2-4) will get the next two nights off before returning to the Amway Center to host the Sacramento Kings. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.
Orlando now drops to 0-4 on the season when opposing teams score 102 or more points against them. Nikola Vucevic led all Magic scorers with 16 points and nine rebounds on the night.
“To me, their offense is one thing, but they were a top ten offense team last year,” Orlando Magic head coach Steve Clifford said. ”It’s the defense though that is making a bigger difference.”
The Bucks made sure to defend every shot taken, as the Magic shot 10-of-43 (23 percent) from 3-point land and just 33-of-101 (33 percent) from the field overall. The rebounding disparity between the two clubs was immense as well, with Orlando being topped at 57-41 on the boards.
Orlando held tight after one quarter, only trailing 30-25, but losing the second period by nine points didn’t help the Magic’s cause. Now the club must rebound from its second 2-game losing streak of the season when they host the Kings on Tuesday.