De­fense lets Magic down against Bucks

Orlando Sentinel (Sunday) - - SPORTS SUNDAY - By Chris Hays Or­lando Sentinel

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks didn’t even need their do-ev­ery­thing star Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo to dom­i­nate Satur­day night against the strug­gling Magic at the brand new Fis­erv Fo­rum.

One of the league’s most cap­ti­vat­ing play­ers didn’t even play in the third quar­ter, giv­ing way to his team­mates, who eas­ily made short work of the vis­it­ing Or­lando crew in a 113-91 blowout.

“Of­fen­sively … we missed a bunch of open shots,” said Magic coach Steve Clif­ford, who was not so much dis­ap­pointed with the Magic’s shoot­ing woes, though they shot just 33 per­cent (33 of 101) from the field and missed 33 of a fran­chise-record 43 3-point field goal at­tempts.

The de­fense is what frus­trated

Clif­ford.

“Our prob­lem was pen­e­tra­tion and cuts from their end,” he said. “At 65 [points] at half, you’re gonna lose and then I thought the first eight min­utes of the third quar­ter we were good, we played good. It’s [a 15-point mar­gin], it’s work­able, and then we broke the lineup there and they went like 11-0 in the quar­ter and that’s game.”

The Bucks im­proved to an NBA best 6-0 record, which is tied with Toronto. It’s the best start for Mil-

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