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Knight leads Bucks past Magic 105-98

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 10, 2014 at 10:46 pm •  Published: March 10, 2014
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"It's real frustrating. We were playing basketball the right way. But we stopped playing team ball," said Tobias Harris, who scored all 11 of his points during a 13-0 run in the first half that allowed the Magic to build a 31-13 lead.

Knight's hustling play was in stark contrast to a lethargic Bucks squad that couldn't hit shots and appeared to be just standing around the hoop defensively during Orlando's early spurt.

"I just wanted to come out and be aggressive, come out and be strong and attack the basket," Knight said. "We were able to get out and get a lot of easy baskets, so that got us in a good rhythm and we were able to steamroll from there.

Not quite, even if Middleton added three fourth-quarter 3s to help the Bucks build its own double-digit lead.

The lead swelled to 95-81 with 2:49 left before Orlando mounted its own late charge to get within three off a 3 from Jameer Nelson with 35 seconds left.

But the Bucks hit their foul shots late and Orlando was hurt after Nikola Vucevic was whistled for an offensive foul with 22 seconds left.

Nelson finished with 13. Sessions had 16 points and eight assists and went 6 of 6 from the line. Sessions combined with Knight to effectively lead the Bucks' up-tempo attack in the second half.

Even Oladipo's return couldn't help Orlando. The rookie said after the game he wasn't working out or shooting for about a week because of his sore foot, so Vaughn eased Oladipo back into the rotation Monday.

"I felt like I was kind of slow with my reaction time because I haven't played in a while. Still no excuse," Oladipo said. "I feel like I let my team down a little bit today but I've just got to keep growing and getting better."

NOTES: The Magic fell to a league-worst 4-30 on the road. ... Vucevic finished with a double-double off 12 points and 12 rebounds. ... Knight extended his career-best streak of scoring in double-digits to 18 straight games. ... The Bucks play seven of their next eight games on the road.