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Orlando Magic ahead Paolo Banchero reacts to play in opposition to the Milwaukee Bucks through the second half of an NBA basketball recreation Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photograph/Kevin Kolczynski)

ORLANDO, Florida — Paolo Banchero had 26 factors and 12 rebounds, Orlando’s Wagner brothers mixed for 43 factors and the Magic dealt the Milwaukee Bucks their second straight loss, 112-97 on Saturday evening.

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo had 35 factors, 10 rebounds and 7 assists, two nights after a 54-point effort in Thursday’s loss at Indiana.

The Bucks performed a second recreation with out Damian Lillard, who has a sore left calf.

Franz Wagner scored 24 for the Magic and Mo Wagner got here off the bench with 19 factors and 4 rebounds. Jalen Suggs added 20 factors.

The loss broke Milwaukee’s 14-game win streak in opposition to the Magic and marked the Bucks’ first loss in Orlando since March 14, 2018.

The Magic’s 35 free-throw makes an attempt left Antetokounmpo pissed off together with his staff’s protection.

“Typically you need to put your physique on the road, take that hit, to make it simpler for our protection. The final two video games we haven’t accomplished it,” he stated. “Proper now, I really feel like we’re simply being stagnant. We’re going again on protection and never displaying quite a lot of assist. We’re not defending each other as a lot as we should always and typically once we flip the ball over, we sit and type of complain.

“We’ve obtained to get out of that mentality and cease feeling sorry for ourselves.”

The Magic led by double digits after a 9-0 run halfway via the second quarter.

The Bucks fell behind 65-49 after a primary half by which they’d 9 turnovers and missed 9 free throws.

The Magic took that 16-point lead into the fourth quarter, however the Bucks made their first six photographs within the interval, together with 3-pointers by Khris Middleton and Bobby Portis, and shortly diminished Orlando’s margin to 11.

However Banchero answered with a protracted jumper, Jonathan Isaac hit a 3-pointer and the Bucks by no means threatened once more.

“They made their run to chop it to 11. We simply got here to the huddle and I informed all people to only keep poised, keep aggressive, and simply end the sport out,” Banchero stated. “That’s what we did. I undoubtedly felt like we deserved to win that recreation.”

The win left the Magic at 5-4 after they began final season 5-20, and in keeping with coach Jamahl Mosley, beating the Bucks was a breakthrough.

“It’s so vital for our followers that they witness what our guys are doing proper now, tonight,” Mosley stated. “They performed with a degree of toughness, they sat down and guarded. They took on all challenges.”

The usually-injured Isaac completed the sport and scored 10 factors, with 5 rebounds and a block in 17 minutes.

Magic guard Markelle Fultz, who performed 29 minutes in Thursday evening’s loss to Atlanta after lacking three video games with a swollen left knee, was a late scratch.

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Bucks: At Chicago Bulls on Monday.

Magic: At Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.

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