MILWAUKEE (AP) — For about a three-minute stretch of the second half, Milwaukee's Brandon Knight just could not be stopped.
A quick first step to get to the hoop for a layup. A rousing dunk on the break off a high outlet pass saved by teammate Ramon Sessions. A back-breaking 3 from the wing.
Knight scored 11 straight points during a stretch between the third and fourth quarters to help the Bucks erase an 18-point deficit and defeat the Orlando Magic 105-98 on Monday night.
The Bucks fed off their lead guard once Knight got going.
"He was attacking, finishing, finding guys and making plays for us," said Khris Middleton, who added 21 points and three crucial 3s in the fourth quarter.
Maurice Harkless had 14 points to lead seven players in double figures Orlando, which got guard Victor Oladipo back after the rookie missed two games with left ankle soreness. Oladipo finished with 12 on 5-of-6 shooting off the bench.
The Magic just had no answer for Knight.
"I thought his aggression as far as attacking the basket was a huge plus," coach Larry Drew said.
A game between two of the worst teams in the league — the Bucks and Magic had combined for 95 losses coming into the night — turned into an entertaining affair down the stretch that saw the Bucks snap a three-game skid.
Several times early in the contest, it looked as though the Magic would hold on for their fifth road victory of the year. But the stretch run belonged to Knight, who had an emphatic answer to start the fourth quarter to answer two buckets by Oladipo that ended the third.
"NBA games are extremely long and an 18-point lead in the first half doesn't mean a lot," Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said.
Knight nearly singlehandedly blew past Orlando to start the fourth.
A layup with 11:21 left gave Milwaukee a 72-71 lead, its first advantage since the quarter.
Then came Knight's dunk. Rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo threw a high pass downcourt back to Sessions, who jumped with one arm outstretched and got the ball to the streaking Knight for the throwdown.
After another missed Magic shot, Knight hurt Orlando again with a 3 from the wing for a 77-71 lead with 10:30 left.