Well Bucks fans the Bucks went into Orlando last night against a clearly superior Magic team, and played Bucks basketball once again. Orlando’s Hedo Turkoglu started things off with a three, which began a 14-0 run to start the game.
Scott Skiles benched every starter with 6:40 left in the first quarter, and the Bucks still didn’t score their first points till Dwight Howard was called for goal tending. The Magic led the first quarter 26-14. The Bucks shot just 27.8 percent from the floor in the first quarter.
The Bucks managed just 33 first half points, and trailed Orlando 42-33 at halftime. Milwaukee did manage to make the game close through the third quarter, and set up another close game for Milwaukee.
With the Bucks trailing by two 74-72 with just a minute left, an Andrew Bogut pass was stolen away by Orlando’s Jameer Nelson, Nelson got the ball to Turkaglu. Turkaglu hit a jumper to put the Magic ahead by four. The Magic hit another jumper to finish the game off defeating the Bucks 78-72.
So what went wrong? Milwaukee went in to Orlando against a physical monster Dwight Howard and allowed him to dominate. With Howard’s tendency to get a lot of fouls and his known frequency to get technical fouls, the Bucks had to attack Howard. They shot way too many jumpers and not enough layups and free throws. Orlando shot 36 free throws, Milwaukee shot just 17, a few more trips to the line and the Bucks win this game.