Orlando Magic 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
107 Milwaukee Bucks
Ersan Ilyasova, SF 34 MIN | 6-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +17

A very solid game. He could have been better on the defensive glass, but Orlando’s energy there was going to be difficult to match. Lately, every time Ersan has shot a three, I’ve just assumed it’s going to go in.

Larry Sanders, C 35 MIN | 7-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 13 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 6 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | +11

Battling a virus and a high energy Orlando front line, did a better job of finishing around the hoop than he did on Friday in New York, but he still wasn’t quite himself. He made an impact on defense with his six blocks and he led the team in rebounds, but Sanders was guilty, along with the rest of his teammates, of struggling to contain Orlando on the offensive boards.

Monta Ellis, PG 44 MIN | 7-16 FG | 6-7 FT | 4 REB | 11 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 21 PTS | +13

Jim Boylan went out of his way during his post-game press conference to slather Monta’s defensive with effusive praise.

“The defense Monta Ellis played on JJ Redick was as good as you’ll see all year. For the entire time he was out there, Monta was totally focused defensively. When he’s playing like that and focused, he can guard just about anybody.”

Well then. Monta rebounded a bit offensively from a shooting perspective, but most importantly, he dished out 11 assists and kept the ball moving.

Brandon Jennings, PG 33 MIN | 8-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | +13

Hey! Maybe this February Funk thing isn’t real. It could have just been a weird fluke. He struggled early against the Magic, but Jennings had a very good fourth quarter that helped finish off Orlando. He also avoided taking things upon himself too much, while not being unaggressive either. A good, balanced night.

John Henson, PF 13 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-5 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -5

Free throws are supposed to be free, brah.

Mike Dunleavy, SF 24 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -6

It’s never a surprise that in some of the games the Bucks move the ball best Dunleavy and Udrih are at or near the heart of it. The spacing and the movement he brings are so crucial. Dunleavy has hit a three in 11 straight games. Over that stretch, he’s shot 56.5% from deep and attempted 4.2 threes per game. Monster.

Two Things We Saw

  1. The Magic were without both Aaron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson, along with the already injured Glen Davis. So an already bad team wasn’t at full strength. But they fought the whole way through. Boylan wasn’t pleased with the 20 offensive rebounds Orlando’s effort allowed them to grab. Milwaukee seemed to lack the motivation to put a solid and lengthy stretch together to finish off the Magic.
  2. Boylan was thrilled with the way his guys shared the ball. One game after Ellis and Jennings combined for 28 rough shots, Milwaukee saw five players reach double figures and four players attempt at least 13 shots. It was a much more balanced effort and those are typically Milwaukee’s best offensive games.