Simmons, Augustin power Magic over Bucks, 126-117

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 15, 2018 09:40 AM
Simmons, Augustin power Magic over Bucks, 126-117
Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons, right, passes the ball as he Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

By Dick Scanlon, Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jonathon Simmons scored a career-high 35 points, D.J. Augustin added 32 and the Orlando Magic bounced back from an embarrassing defeat to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 126-117 on Wednesday night.

Simmons was 7 of 12 from 3-point range and Augustin hit 6 of 9, three of them in the fourth quarter to help Orlando pull away.

Nikola Vucevic had 22 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Magic, who were routed 108-72 Tuesday night in San Antonio, their fifth straight loss.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 38 points for Milwaukee, which has lost seven of 10.

Augustin and Simmons combined for 20 points as the Magic closed out the first quarter on a 27-7 run to take a 16-point lead.

Milwaukee (36-32) erased most of it by scoring the first 10 points of the second quarter, but did not regain the lead until Eric Bledsoe converted a turnover into a layup with 4:50 left in the third quarter.

Orlando (21-48) scored the final 14 points of that period to take 91-80 lead into the fourth.

The Bucks never got within five in the fourth quarter.

TIP-INS

Bucks: G Brandon Jennings, who returned to the NBA with 16 points and 12 assists in Monday night's win at Memphis after signing a 10-day contract, had two points Wednesday night.

Magic: F Aaron Gordon missed a fourth straight game after failing to clear the NBA's concussion protocol Wednesday. ... G Evan Fournier missed a fourth straight game with a sprained left knee.

UP NEXT

Bucks: Host Atlanta on Saturday night.

Magic: Host Boston on Friday night.

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