[Orlando, FL] Really NBA? Really? Hasn’t the Orlando Magic beaten the Milwaukee Bucks enough times this season that they can get some sort of hall pass for this one?
On Saturday – for the fourth time in the last 20-plus days – the Magic (23-14) took on the Bucks (14-22), featuring and Brandon “Mr. Big Head” Jennings. Jennings came into the game averaging a whopping 15 points a game – not really enough to fill that Big Ole Head of his.
He’s thinking he deserves a max contract. I think he needs to go shopping for a bigger hat to cover that planet-sized ego melon.
OK, back to the game. Do I really need to write this one, or can I just copy and paste the coverage of their last three meetings?
Anyway, the Magic came out of the gate strong, taking a 16-7 lead in the first 3:59 of the game thanks to 8 quick points from Jason Richardson and 6 additional points from Dwight Howard. Orlando really controlled the first and never let the Bucks within 10 points.
The score after one: Magic 36, Bucks 21. Leading the Magic after one was D12 with 12.
Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic heads to the basket
The second quarter actually saw the Bucks come out of their flat-line and regain a pulse, outscoring the Magic 39-25. Thirty-nine? Where’s the defense boys? Leading the way for the Bucks at the half was Big Head, who had already hit his season average (just like our very own NBA All-Star half-time performer Chris Brown did to to Rihanna (too soon? nah).
The Orlando Magic were led by none other than Superman himself with 14. The score at the half: Magic 61, Bucks 60.
Going into the third quarter, could the Cheesetown Deermeats finally steal a win from the Magic? Sorry Bucks, you play like soup – NO WIN FOR YOU! The Magic got it together and outpaced the Bucks 24-20 giving them a 5-point lead heading to the fourth, 85-80.
And we all know what happens in the fourth, as we’ve seen this episode before. The Bucks came out tired – tired of what? they just had a break – meanwhile, the Magic came out like men possessed. I’ll save you the gory details. The Final score: Orlando Magic 114, Milwaukee Bucks 98.
Leading the way for the Magic (finally!) was Dwight Howard with 28 points and 14 boards, a great showing. Also in double figures for the Magic were Jason Richardson (18), Ryan Anderson/Hedo Turkoglu (16), J.J. Redick (14) and Chris Duhon (12). Thanks for showing up guys!
Pacing the Bucks was Brandon Jennings – who had 27 points, which will go a long way in filing his cranium to capacity - and Ersan Ilyasova with 18.
The Magic play their next game tonight in Toronto against the Raptors. This is their second meeting of the year, and their first in Toronto. Toronto has been playing rather well for a team missing their best player, Andrea Bargnani. Expect this one to be kind of close until the end when the Magic start to run away with this one.
My Prediction: Orlando Magic 99, Toronto Raptors 86
Note: 5 out of 7 of my season predictions have been correct so far.
By: Mike Yesenko/Sunshine Slate
Images: Orlando Magic