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Ellis leads Bucks past Magic 107-98

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 2, 2013 at 11:43 pm •  Published: February 2, 2013

Sanders sealed the win with two free throws.

"We just closed the game out and made shots when we needed to make them. We simply knocked down free throws down the stretch," Ellis said.

Vaughn said he saw a number of positives for his team, despite the loss. All 11 available players for the Magic played.

"This group continues to show themselves. We played everybody available tonight, and we needed it," he said. "We got a lot of contributions. The competitive nature from every guy that stepped on the floor was great to see."

The Bucks scored more than 100 points after managing fewer than 90 points its two previous games, scoring 86 against New York on Friday, and 88 against Chicago on Wednesday.

Playing its fourth game in five nights, Milwaukee began pulling away in the third quarter after the Magic had taken a lead. Despite missing four consecutive free throws to open the period, Orlando grabbed a 55-54 lead on Redick's reverse layup with 8:48 remaining.

The Magic held a 61-60 lead before the Bucks went on a 19-6 run to end the quarter. A key point in the run occurred when Orlando's Kyle O'Quinn missed a dunk. On the ensuing possession, Ilyasova made a 3-pointer, giving the Bucks a 75-65 lead.

The Bucks built an 11-point lead midway through the second quarter on a jump shot by Beno Udrih, but a 12-4 run by Orlando cut the lead to 46-43 with 3 minutes remaining. Milwaukee held on for a 52-48 lead at halftime.

Notes: Magic rookie forward Andrew Nicholson, who recorded the first double-double of his career Friday night against Boston, got his second consecutive start in place of injured Glen Davis, who underwent surgery Friday on his fractured left foot and is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks. ... Magic guard Jameer Nelson didn't play against the Bucks after injuring his forearm in Friday night's game. E'Twaun Moore replaced him in the starting lineup. Arron Afflalo also sat out for Orlando, missing his fourth consecutive game with a strained left calf. ... The Bucks wore replica green uniforms from the 1995-96 season. ... The Bucks committed two fouls in the first 5 seconds of the game. ... Sanders had a blocked shot for the 32nd consecutive game, extending his league-best mark.