Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Today marks the first game between the first-seed Milwaukee Bucks and the eighth-seed Orlando Magic. The last time these two teams met up in the playoffs was back in 2001 when the Ray Allen-led Bucks defeated the Tracy McGrady-led Magic, 3-1. During this regular season, the Bucks swept the Magic in the four games they played against each other.
-Melvin Frazier Jr. (coach’s decision)
-BJ Johnson (coach’s decision)
-Vic Law (coach’s decision)
-Jonathan Isaac (knee)
-Michael Carter-Williams (foot)
-Mo Bamba (COVID)
-Aaron Gordon (hamstring)
-Sterling Brown (coach’s decision)
-Ersan Ilyasova (elbow)
The Orlando Magic would have the upper hand in the first half as they shot 51% from the field, keeping the Milwaukee Bucks to just 41%. Nikola Vucevic chalked up 16 points while knocking down two three-pointers. He also had seven rebounds, two assists, and one steal while Gary Clark helped out with 12 points, earning nine of them from beyond the arc and the other three from the free-throw line. Markelle Fultz and James Ennis combined for 17 points while Evan Fournier was held scoreless. Terrence Ross played the most minutes off the bench but only had seven points.
On the other end of the floor, Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded 17 points which held two three-pointers. He also had ten rebounds and four assists while Wesley Matthews scored eight points. Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton scored 11 points combined while Brook Lopez was held to just two points. Former Indiana Pacers’ guard George Hill played 13 minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the Magic who went into halftime with a 62 to 52 advantage.
The Orlando team would close things out in the second half as they went on a 60-58 run, shooting 48% from the field. Vucevic added 19 more points to his scoring total which included 3 three-pointers. Fournier had nine points while Fultz and Ennis combined for nine points, as well. Ross played the most minutes off the bench as he had eleven points.
As for the Bucks, Antetokounmpo chalked up 14 more points while both Middleton and Bledsoe scored nine points each. Pat Connaughton played 14 minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer while the Magic came away with a 122-110 victory over the Bucks. Nikola Vucevic finished with a playoff career-high 35 points and a playoff career-high-tying 14 rebounds. He also had four assists and a playoff career-high-tying one steal. Giannis Antetokoumpo settled for 31 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists, and one steal.
The Orlando Magic and the Milwaukee Bucks will battle each other again on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.