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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Magic Lose to Bucks in 2 OTs, 89-94



From Sportsline.com:

The Bucks capitalized on Orlando's 3-for-17 shooting in the two extra sessions for its sixth straight home win over the Magic.

The Bucks, 14-1 at home against Orlando since the start of the 1997-98 season, also earned their season-high fourth straight home victory.

Hedo Turkoglu led the Magic with 27 points. DeShawn Stevenson added 14 before fouling out in the second overtime. Steve Francis, who came in averaging 20.8 points per game in his career against the Bucks, scored only eight.

After a season-high five-game winning streak, the Magic have lost six of seven, including four straight on the road.

Redd's 3-pointer put Milwaukee ahead 88-86 with 3:25 left in the second overtime. Turkoglu made one free throw, but Gadzuric dunked as Milwaukee went up 90-87 with 1:37 left. Turkoglu made a layup, but T.J. Ford, who finished with 11 points and eight assists, answered with a driving layup to keep the Bucks ahead by three.

"It was getting longer and longer, going back and forth, back and forth," Gadzuric said. "Shots weren't falling, but eventually we played good solid defense and shut them down."

Pat Garrity missed a 3-pointer for Orlando and on the Bucks' next possession, Stevenson fouled out and sent Simmons to the line for two free throws. He made them both for the final margin.

"We played tough in the first overtime, but in the second overtime, we just ran out of gas," Garrity said.

In the first overtime, Redd made two free throws and Simmons hit a 22-foot shot as the Bucks took an 83-79 lead with 3:29 left.

The Magic missed their first four shots before Stevenson's layup pulled them to 83-81 with 2:22 to play.

Redd missed consecutive shots to give Orlando a chance, and Turkoglu eventually tipped in a miss by Stevenson to tie it at 83 with 13 seconds to play. Redd missed a baseline jumper as time expired in the first overtime.

In regulation, Dwight Howard made two free throws as the Magic took the lead at 77-76 with 2:24 to play.

Stevenson scored on a layup, but after a timeout by Orlando, the Magic turned the ball over and Ford worked the ball to Simmons, who hit a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left.

Francis had one last opportunity to win it for Orlando, but missed as the clock wound down. The Magic made several attempts to tip it in, but time expired.

"We didn't execute on our last two offensive possessions down the floor and it cost us the basketball game," Hill said.

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