Arron Afflalo scores 21, Magic beat Bucks 113-102

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 31, 2014 at 9:52 pm •  Published: January 31, 2014
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Arron Afflalo didn't make a big fuss after his name wasn't among those announced this week as reserve selection for the All-Star game.

Whether he was just hiding his disappointment or not, he went out Friday night and reminded the Milwaukee Bucks of why he was worthy of discussion.

Afflalo scored 21 points in three quarters of work, Tobias Harris added 18 and the Orlando Magic ran to a 113-102 victory.

The Magic snapped a three-game losing streak and extended their home winning streak over Milwaukee to 16 games.

"There are certain feelings you get at certain points in your life, whether it's a motivating factor or something that you looked forward to that didn't happen," said Afflalo, who came in averaging career highs in points, rebounds and assists. "But for me it's created a new level of passion and a new level of hunger."

Orlando led by as many as 25 points and had six players reach double-figures. Victor Oladipo finished with 15 points and seven assists, and Nik Vucevic had 12 points and six rebounds in his second game back from a concussion.

Vucevic, who had had missed 12 straight games, played 25 minutes — about five minutes more than he did in his return against Toronto earlier in the week. He was productive with his time on the floor, connecting on 5 of 9 field goal attempts.

Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said Vucevic did ask to be taken out of the game after playing just over five minutes in the fourth quarter. Vaughn acknowledged he might have pushed him a bit too hard, but expected him to be OK.

Vaughn was pleased with his team's effort, particularly how they shared the ball.

"Everyone who played tonight had an assist," he said. "For us to score the basketball we need each other. Tonight was definitely an example of us playing together."

The only other bad news the Magic got Friday came in the form of another injury. Point guard Jameer Nelson played the entire first quarter, but sat out the remainder of the game with a sore left knee. He is day to day.

Caron Butler scored 20 points for Milwaukee, which lost its fifth straight game. The Bucks have lost 14 of their last 15 and eight straight on the road.

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