The Orlando Magic held off a tough Milwaukee Bucks team that has been missing three key players to hack out an 89-79 win on Wednesday. The Magic won its seventh consecutive victory after a major roster overhaul.
Dwight Howard scored 28 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead six players who scored at least ten points. Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson chopped in 13 points each while Jameer Nelson, Brandon Bass and JJ Redick had 10 points each.
Corey Maggette led Milwaukee with 21 points. Larry Sanders added 15, John Salmons chipped in 13 points and Earl Boykins scored 12 points. The Bucks had a slight rebounding edge, 48-44, as five players grabbed at least seven rebounds each.
Milwaukee has been missing Brandon Jennings, Carlos Delfino and Drew Gooden especially on offense but their physical type of play has been giving other NBA teams a difficult time adapt to.
The Bucks cut the Magic lead to five, 84-79, late in the fourth quarter but Howard and Turkoglu combined for five straight points to put the game beyond reach.