Last Shots: Magic 103, Bucks 83

MILWAUKEE | 17 last shots for 17% shooting from 3-point range by the Bucks in Milwaukee’s 103-83 loss to the Orlando Magic.

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out the second game of a back-to-back with right knee soreness on Saturday night leaving the Bucks shorthanded.

2. 3-point shooting was hard to come by for Milwaukee. On the season, they shoot 35% from beyond the arc but were just 6-35 (17%) Saturday night.

3. Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, Malcolm Brogdon, Sterling Brown, D.J. Wilson and Ersan Ilyasova went a combined 0-23 from downtown.

4. Terrance Ross scored 13 points on 5-7 shooting in the second quarter to lead Orlando to a 59-49 halftime lead.

5. NBA All-Star, Middleton was ineffective for most of the night. He failed to reach double-digit scoring until midway through the fourth quarter. Middleton finished with 11 points on 4-17 shooting.

6. “This was a terrible game, but we have been playing well and can’t let this sit on our heads too long,” Middleton said.

7. Eric Bledsoe was a bright spot for Milwaukee. He recorded his sixth double-double of the season as he finished with a game-high 19 points and 11 rebounds.

8. “Like [Budenholzer] said, let’s throw this away. We weren’t playing bad we were just missing shots,” Bledsoe said.

9. Orlando had a strong defensive effort in the second half holding Milwaukee to just 34 points. 83 points is the Bucks’ lowest scoring output of the season.

10. “I thought in the second half we did a lot better job just keeping the ball out of the paint,” Magic Head Coach Steve Clifford said. “Our defense in the second half was really good.”

11. Bucks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer emphasized that his team needs to just move on from a loss like this one.

12. “First, a lot of credit to Orlando. They played well. They shot the ball well. First half, they shot 37 [percent]. Credit to them. They played well. We’ll probably put this one in the trash can and move on.”

13. Budenholzer is on point here and it was good to hear Middleton and Bledsoe echo their coach’s comments. The Bucks are one of the favorites to make it the NBA Finals. It’s an 82-game regular season in the NBA and you can never get too high or too low. Giannis wasn’t on the court. It was the second of a back-to-back after a road game. Games like this happen to every team in the league.

14. Despite the horrendous shooting night, the Bucks have now set a franchise record with 723 3-pointers this season.

15. Milwaukee still owns the best record in the NBA at 41-14 (.745) and have won 12 of their last 14 games.

16. Nikola Mirotic wore a Bucks uniform for the first time this season after being traded to Milwaukee from the New Orleans Pelicans.

17. The Bucks have yet to lose back-to-back games this season. They will be in Chicago Monday night to take on a Bulls team that has lost 10 straight games at home.

Bucks end road trip with 111-104 win over Orlando

For some reason, the Milwaukee Bucks have thrived playing on the second day of a back-to-back this season. Their win over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night reinforced that. Milwaukee defeated the Magic 111-104 on the road to win on the second leg of a back-to-back for the sixth straight time.

The Bucks are an NBA best 9-3 in that scenario. The average winning percentage across the league in that situation is well below .500, but the Bucks have thrived.

All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was the leading scorer for the Bucks with 32 points on the night. In total, four of the five starters for Milwaukee reached double-figures in scoring, with Jason Terry also adding in 11 points off the bench.

Orlando was led by Mario Hezonja in scoring. He had 23 points for the Magic.

The win moves Milwaukee to 31-24 on the season, currently in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks sit 1.5 games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third seed entering Sunday.

Milwaukee now returns home after finishing their four-game road trip with a record of 3-1. They take on the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.