Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 11/28

Game 1: Saturday, November 28th
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Bucks98
Game 2: Wednesday, December 30th
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Magic117
Game 3: Tuesday, February 2nd
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Bucks 92

(12-18, 3-11 away)

Magic 117

(23-8, 13-3 home)

    Coverage: FSFL

    7:00 PM ET, December 30, 2009

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 25 24 25 1892
    ORL 21 20 38 38117

    Top Performers

    Mil: A. Bogut 15 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Orl: V. Carter 25 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    Carter scores 25 as Magic knock off reeling Bucks

    Associated Press

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Vince Carter took a shoulder to the head by Ersan Ilyasova, hit the floor hard and rolled up under the courtside seats grimacing in pain.

    The arena fell silent. Fans sitting in the area checked to see if they could help. Nearly everyone stood to see how hurt the Orlando Magic's star offseason acquisition was. About 3 minutes later, still shaken, Carter finally stood up.

    Then so did the Magic.

    Carter overcame the hard collision to score 25 points, rallying the Magic for a 117-92 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

    "I felt real dizzy, so I wanted to just lay there for a second and let everything get back together," Carter said. "Next thing you know, everything was lined up correctly."

    Carter shook off the pain and never exited, igniting a 17-2 run after the play late in the third quarter that helped Orlando pull away.

    Dwight Howard had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Jason Williams added 16 points to help Orlando rebound from its Christmas Day loss to Boston.

    Brandon Jennings had 20 points, and Andrew Bogut had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who lost for the seventh time in their last eight games.

    "We let them get going a bit and the basket started looking like an ocean to some of their shooters," Bogut said.

    Carter's big collision was the Magic spark.

    Ilyasova was trying to take a charge but was called for a block. Carter clutched the right side of his head and neck, pulled his jersey over his head, lying on the ground four rows from his mother in the stands.

    "He gave me a scare," his mother, Michelle Carter-Scott, said as she exited the arena. "I kept thinking, 'Get up, get up, get up.' Thank God he did."

    Perhaps fired up that Carter never left the game, the Magic scored 13 straight points during the run to end the quarter with a 79-74 lead. Carter made two jumpers during that stretch, and Matt Barnes hit a pair of 3-pointers -- seven straight Orlando made from beyond the arc -- to help the Magic set a second-half franchise record with 78.4 percent shooting from the floor.

    "I actually thought Coach was going to take me out," Carter said. "I was sitting on one knee just trying to gain my composure and I look and he said, 'All right, Vince, you're going to take the ball out.' I said, 'All right, keep it going.'"

    Lost in the frantic rally was another poor outing by Magic starting point guard Jameer Nelson. He was just 1 for 7 and hasn't yet found his rhythm since returning from arthroscopic left knee surgery.

    Nelson said he was dealing with a "family issue" the night before and has struggled with the limited practice minutes trainers have him on for his rehab. It doesn't help that Williams has been playing well in his absence.

    "I do think we're going to have to evaluate where we're at with Jameer," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said.

    The Bucks never recovered from the big second-half push.

    Until the collision, they seemed to have the right formula.

    Bogut was aggressive early and got Howard in foul trouble in the first and second quarters. He took advantage with Howard sidelined, helping the Bucks score 10 straight points to take a 21-11 lead in the opening quarter.

    Orlando was able to keep it close.

    Carter's one-handed layup with his back to the basket over Bogut wowed the home crowd, but that would be about the only highlight for the Magic in the half. Bogut and the Bucks' frontline twice disrupted alley-oop dunks by Howard, and they held Orlando to 1-for-9 shooting from 3-point range to go ahead 49-41.

    "We needed some more resistance out of Andrew," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. "We had trouble in the painted area. We threw up a lot of shots in the painted area and we just didn't make them."

    Game notes


    Thursday night was the 19-year anniversary of Skiles' NBA-record 30 assists during the Magic's 155-116 victory against Denver. Skiles, who spent five seasons with Orlando, said there's hardly a place he goes where people don't ask about that game. "No offense, but I'll be glad the day it is (broken) because I get kind of tired of talking about it some times," Skiles said. "It's one of those things where it all came together in one night. Yeah, it'll be broken at some point." ... Some of the Bucks staff attended the Champs Sports Bowl on Tuesday night, when Wisconsin beat Miami 20-14.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MIL
    ORL
    Points 92 117
    FGM-FGA 38-97 (.392) 43-77 (.558)
    3PM-3PA 9-22 (.409) 10-21 (.476)
    FTM-FTA 7-9 (.778) 21-26 (.808)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-39 7-41
    Assists 17 21
    Turnovers 15 14
    Steals 7 7
    Blocks 2 10
    Fast Break Points 12 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 16 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 10 25

    Top Performers

    Milwaukee
    Orlando
    Andrew Bogut Bogut
    Points: 15
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 25
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1