Milwaukee Bucks surprisingly lose opening game against decimated Orlando Magic

The Milwaukee Bucks, top seed of the Eastern Conference, surprisingly lost their opening game in the first playoff round against the Orlando Magic. In the 110: 122 bankruptcy against decimated Magic, the favorite did not find his usual strength over 48 minutes, even 31 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo (here it goes to his highlights) were not enough.

Milwaukee Bucks (1) – Orlando Magic (8) 110:122 (BOXSCORE), Serie: 0-1

The current (and probably upcoming) MVP sunk 12 of his 25 throws (3/7 3FG) and grabbed 17 rebounds, but did not make the right decision several times in the attack. In particular, his co-stars Khris Middleton (14, 4/12 FG) and Brook Lopez (5, 2/9 FG) disappointed across the board, while Eric Bledsoe contributed 15 points and George Hill 16 from the bench.

The Bucks showed unusual shortcomings at both ends of the field. With a defensive rating of 102.5, they were the lonely league leader in the regular season, against Orlando they allowed a three-way quota of 39 percent (16/41) and a field throw quota of almost 50 percent (44/89). Milwaukee won the season series 4-0.

The outstanding man on the side of Magic was Nikola Vucevic with 35 points (15/24 FG, 5/8 3FG) and 14 rebounds, but the supporting cast was also in a good mood. Five other players scored double digits, the best came off the bench in the person of Terrence Ross (18). DJ Augustin came up with a double-double (11 points, 11 assists), Evan Fournier scored all 9 points (3/7 3FG) in the fourth quarter and put these three three-pointers on top.

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“We don’t care what others say. We just went out and played a great game at both ends of the field,” said Vucevic, while Giannis urged his team to take a different approach: “There’s no magic wand that changes anything We have to play harder, play together and have fun. “

While the Bucks were able to start with the best possible starting lineup from Bledsoe, Wesley Matthews, Middleton, Giannis and Lopez, the Magic’s hopes for a return of Aaron Gordon were not fulfilled. Michael Carter-Williams was also absent, with James Ennis (11 points) and Gary Clark (15) starting alongside Fournier, Markelle Fultz (15) and Vucevic.

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