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News » MAGIC 100, BUCKS 98 Gamble doesn't pay off Bucks try targeting outside shooters

MAGIC 100, BUCKS 98 Gamble doesn't pay off Bucks try targeting outside shooters

MAGIC 100, BUCKS 98  Gamble doesn't pay off  Bucks try targeting outside shooters By CHARLES F. GARDNER

Scott Skiles took a calculated gamble when plotting strategy for the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

The Bucks coach elected to leave his big men in one-on-one situations with Magic all-star center Dwight Howard, preferring that poison to letting Orlando's three-point shooters have free rein at the Bradley Center.

And the Bucks came so close to pulling off a victory against the defending Eastern Conference champion Magic before falling, 100-98, in another in a series of heartbreaking finishes for the young Milwaukee team.

Forward Ersan Ilyasova, who finished with 20 points and a career-best 16 rebounds, had an open three-point look with a chance to give the Bucks the lead with 35 seconds left. But the shot missed, and when Luke Ridnour got the offensive rebound, he also missed a potential tying two-pointer.

The Magic (13-4) was able to hold on as Matt Barnes grabbed an offensive rebound of a miss in the final seconds. The Bucks (8-7), returning from a four-game road swing, lost their fourth straight game and fell to 6-2 at the Bradley Center.

Orlando had grabbed the lead on a Rashard Lewis basket with 44 seconds left, after a miss by Vince Carter and an offensive rebound by Howard.

The Bucks played a strong game and led by 15 points in the third quarter, but they allowed a flurry of threes later in the period that proved to be their undoing. Magic guard Jason Williams hit 3 three-pointers and Carter sank one as Orlando transformed a 68-53 deficit into a 73-72 lead at the end of the quarter.

"We made a decision not to give our big guys a lot of help tonight," Skiles said. "Their statistics when they make more than 10 threes are very impressive. And we did that, except during that stretch.

"It's tough duty for our big guys when you ask them to do that on a night like this and say you're kind of on your own down there. Overall we did a fairly good job with it. But when push came to shove and we had to get a stop, right now we're struggling to get it."

Howard finished with 25 points and 20 rebounds, and Carter also had 25 points on 10-of-23 shooting. Lewis added 14 points and Williams 12.

Ilyasova got an open look at the top of the arc but came up just short.

"It was a clear shot, and I thought I should shoot this one," Ilyasova said. "I missed. That's Basketball, you know. One of the best things we did tonight was compete."

Ridnour added 20 points and six assists while playing 32 minutes, and rookie point guard Brandon Jennings added 18 points and four assists, although he hit only 7 of 22 shots.

"It's tough," said forward Hakim Warrick. "We've got to learn how to finish games. We get a big lead and we have to just keep going and play the way we've been playing."

Warrick had 16 points and five rebounds and also took a turn guarding Howard, while veteran Kurt Thomas took the bulk of the duty.

"It's really hard to guard him; he's one of the best players in the NBA," Ilyasova said. "In the second half they made the three-pointers, and that's why they came back."

Ilyasova sank a pair of threes early in the game as the Bucks kept pace with the Magic.

Center Dan Gadzuric drew two fouls in the first minute and a half and was replaced by Thomas, who battled Howard in the post.

The Bucks went on a 7-2 run to end the quarter with Ridnour hitting a three-pointer and a two-pointer over the outstretched hand of Howard, and Milwaukee led, 26-21.

Warrick went to work early in the second quarter to score eight consecutive Bucks points.

A three-pointer by Jodie Meeks extended the Bucks' lead to 43-29 with 7:07 left in the quarter.

A three-pointer by Jennings off a steal by Charlie Bell pushed the Bucks' lead to 53-36 with 2:52 remaining in the period.

The Bucks were able to extend the margin to 15 points midway through the third quarter before Orlando rallied behind the three-ball. Carter's emphatic dunk with 32.1 seconds left gave the Magic a 73-72 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Milwaukee was able to retake the lead early in the fourth quarter at 79-75, but Orlando went on a 16-2 run to grab a 91-81 lead.

Ilyasova tied the game for the last time at 98 when he made one of two foul shots with 1:06 remaining.

* Andrew Bogut is frustrated as all he can do is watch and wait. 3C

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