ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Fresh off a road-trip that saw the Orlando Magic lose all five games, Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier to injuries and losing the previous night by 30 points, Jonathon Simmons and his teammates decided to play one of their better offensive games of the season on Wednesday night.
Simmons scored a career-high 35 points, including hitting seven 3-pointers as the Magic defeated the Milwaukee Bucks by the score of 126-117. Simmons put his entire offensive arsenal on display in front the home crowd. He knocked down five of his 3-pointers in the opening half and had 21 points and only missed three shots in the half.
“Shots just went in. It isn’t about having it or not having it. It’s the NBA. We work every day. It’s just [that] shots went in tonight.” – Magic shooting guard Jonathon Simmons on his performance against the Bucks
Not to be outdone, starting point guard D.J. Augustin had a season-high 32 points and he hit six 3-pointers of his own. The Magic hit 18 3-pointers as a team and shot 52.9% from deep, which is a sharp contrast from the 34% less than 24 hours ago in San Antonio against the Spurs.
“Yeah, it’s tough to explain and we were just talking about that as a staff. Score 72 points last night and couldn’t throw it in the ocean and tonight we executed better. Obviously San Antonio was charged up in their own building and desperate and that’s a difficult opponent. The Bucks weren’t as sharp tonight. But our guys were engaged and competitive and really fought throughout the game. They fought to defend, and you know we continue to emphasize and re-emphasize playing with the pass. And when you pass the basketball and you’re committed to the assist and setting up teammates, the shot quality goes up and that was part of us shooting the ball so well tonight.” – Magic Head Coach Frank Vogel on his team’s turnaround
The Bucks were led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 38 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. The Bucks, after being down by as many as 16 points, clawed back to take a three-point lead in the third quarter after a John Henson dunk. But the Magic went on a 14-0 run to put the game away, capped off by a 3-pointer by Jonathan Isaac to put the Magic up by 11 at the end of the third quarter.
The Magic will play the next six games at home to close off March. Their next home game will be on Friday night as they take on the Boston Celtics at 7pm.
Danny Thompson is a sports contributor for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org