Posted April 10, 2013 on AP on Fox
Nik Vucevic had a career-high 30 points and 20 rebounds, Tobias Harris added 30 points and 19 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic rallied for a 113-103 overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. The Magic overcame a five-point deficit in the final minute of regulation, sending it to OT on a 3-pointer by Harris with 1.9 seconds left. Vucevic and Harris combined for nine points in the extra period to help Orlando snap a five-game losing streak. Monta Ellis led the Bucks with 21 points, and John Henson and Mike Dunleavy each added 17. Henson also had 25 rebounds for Milwaukee, which lost its 14th straight game in Orlando. Brandon Jennings left early in the first half with a sore left Achilles tendon and didn't return. Fellow starter Larry Sanders also didn't play in the second half after taking a hard fall. The Magic came out hot in the extra period and took a 106-99 lead after a corner 3-pointer and layup by Deron Lamb. Milwaukee went cold in the five-minute period, while Orlando kept rolling and used a three-point play by Vucevic with less than 31 seconds left to put the game away. Bucks reserve guard J.J. Redick, who was dealt by the Magic to Milwaukee at the trade deadline, received a standing ovation from fans during a video tribute to him in the first half. It was one of the few early highlights for Redick and Milwaukee as it struggled to replace the offense of its two starters. The Bucks battled back in the third quarter to take their first lead since the opening minutes, but still trailed by four entering the fourth. They kept coming and took an 80-79 lead on a layup by Marquis Daniels with just over 6 minutes to play. Milwaukee's lead was 93-90 with 25.9 seconds remaining after a goaltending call on Henson, which stood after a video review by the referees. Ellis was fouled with 19 seconds left, connecting on only one of his two free throw attempts. The Magic cut it to a basket and put Ellis back on the line. He again connected on only one of his free throws, setting up Orlando's final possession with 9.3 seconds left on the clock. Harris drove to the top of the key and got his 3 to roll in as he was hit by Daniels. But his ensuing free-throw rolled off the rim. Milwaukee got the rebound, but failed to get off a shot with just 0.5 left. Even before Jennings and Sanders went out, the Magic were having their way as they build as a 14-point lead. Vucevic scored on several easy touches inside, while Harris found the basket with his jumper and in the paint where Orlando held an eight-point scoring advantage. The Bucks closed the gap, though, with an 11-4 run to end the half. Notes: The Magic improved to 1-3 in overtime games this season. ... Bucks F Ersan Ilyasova sat out with an illness. ... Redick said that though Milwaukee has previously expressed an interest in signing him to a new contract after his current one expires this summer, no in-depth conversations have happened yet. ''I don't know what the decision is gonna be. Hopefully I have one offer,'' he said. ''There may be one offer, there may be four. You weigh everything, you figure out what's most important. I think for any player sometimes, if the money is so different between offers that you go with the money and you secure yourself and your family's financial future. But there's other factors in play for sure.''
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