Richardson's hot shooting leads Orlando over MilwaukeeFeb 12, 2012 - 5:51 AM Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Jason Richardson made 9-of-11 from long range, including four in the last five minutes of the game, to lead the Orlando Magic with 31 points as they defeated Milwaukee, 99-94, at the Bradley Center.
"At the end he was just knocking down shots," said Magic coach Stan Van Gundy about Richardson's hot shooting. "But as almost always happens when guys go on those runs, he got a couple open ones that get them going. And then you're just feeling it."
Richardson's nine threes ties him for second-most all-time in Magic history behind only Dennis Scott, who knocked down 11 on April 18, 1996.
Hedo Turkoglu added 19 points and Dwight Howard contributed a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Magic, who have won five of their last seven.
Drew Gooden scored 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Ersan Ilyasova had 17 points and 16 boards as Milwaukee had its two-game winning streak snapped.
With the Bucks down 78-75, Carlos Delfino hit a triple to spark a 13-0 run that gave Milwaukee a 88-78 advantage with just under six minutes to play in the game.
Orlando answered with a 16-0 swing of its own that included four treys from Richardson to give the Magic a 94-88 lead with 2:06 left in the contest.
The Bucks got back-to-back threes from Gooden and Ilyasova around a Turkoglu trey as Milwaukee trailed 97-93 with 57.3 seconds to play.
Turkoglu went 2-of-4 from the charity stripe down the stretch as the Bucks held on to a glimmer of hope, trailing 99-94 with 17.3, but Gooden's last two field goals were off the mark to seal the victory for the Magic.
Orlando jumped out to a 7-0 lead but Milwaukee quickly countered with an 11-0 run to take an 11-7 lead midway through the first.
Mike Dunleavy ripped off eight straight in the last three minutes of the quarter to give the Bucks a 21-16 lead after one quarter of play.
"We did a pretty good job for 42 minutes and then those guys got hot," said Dunleavy. "The rest is history and unfortunately we let one get away."
J.J. Redick scored 10 of his team's 12 points over a 3 1/2 minute stretch in the second but the Magic were unable to chip away at the deficit as they trailed 49-43 heading into intermission.
The Magic knocked down five three-pointers in the third quarter as they trailed by one, 73-72, heading into the final frame.
The Magic have won 11 of the last 13 meetings with Milwaukee...The Magic will begin a three-game home stand against Minnesota on Monday, while The Bucks will host the Heat on Monday...Both teams shot 40 percent from long range.
- ORLANDO: 99
Feb 11 11:17 PM
- ORLANDO: 72
End of 3rd
Feb 11 10:43 PM
- ORLANDO: 16
End of 1st
Feb 11 9:37 PM
- ORLANDO: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
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