"If it doesn't go, we don't go to overtime," Bucks coach Terry
Stotts said of Simmons' shot, the only 3-pointer he made in three
The Bucks capitalized on Orlando's 3-for-17 shooting in the two
extra sessions for its sixth straight home win over the Magic.
The Bucks, 14-1 at home against Orlando since the start of the
1997-98 season, also earned their season-high fourth straight home
Hedo Turkoglu led the Magic with 27 points. DeShawn Stevenson
added 14 before fouling out in the second overtime. Steve Francis,
who came in averaging 20.8 points per game in his career against
the Bucks, scored only eight.
After a season-high five-game winning streak, the Magic have
lost six of seven, including four straight on the road.
Redd's 3-pointer put Milwaukee ahead 88-86 with 3:25 left in the
second overtime. Turkoglu made one free throw, but Gadzuric dunked
as Milwaukee went up 90-87 with 1:37 left. Turkoglu made a layup,
but T.J. Ford, who finished with 11 points and eight assists,
answered with a driving layup to keep the Bucks ahead by three.
"It was getting longer and longer, going back and forth, back
and forth," Gadzuric said. "Shots weren't falling, but eventually
we played good solid defense and shut them down."
Pat Garrity missed a 3-pointer for Orlando and on the Bucks'
next possession, Stevenson fouled out and sent Simmons to the line
for two free throws. He made them both for the final margin.
"We played tough in the first overtime, but in the second
overtime, we just ran out of gas," Garrity said.
In the first overtime, Redd made two free throws and Simmons hit
a 22-foot shot as the Bucks took an 83-79 lead with 3:29 left.
The Magic missed their first four shots before Stevenson's layup
pulled them to 83-81 with 2:22 to play.
Redd missed consecutive shots to give Orlando a chance, and
Turkoglu eventually tipped in a miss by Stevenson to tie it at 83
with 13 seconds to play. Redd missed a baseline jumper as time
expired in the first overtime.
In regulation, Dwight Howard made two free throws as the Magic
took the lead at 77-76 with 2:24 to play.
Stevenson scored on a layup, but after a timeout by Orlando, the
Magic turned the ball over and Ford worked the ball to Simmons, who
hit a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left.
Francis had one last opportunity to win it for Orlando, but
missed as the clock wound down. The Magic made several attempts to
tip it in, but time expired.
"We didn't execute on our last two offensive possessions down
the floor and it cost us the basketball game," Hill said.
Bucks forward Toni Kukoc missed the game due to a sprained
left elbow. It had been bothering him the past few days. He is
day-to-day. ... Bucks center Jamaal Magloire fouled out in the
second overtime. He had 18 rebounds and one point. ... The Magic,
who beat Milwaukee at home on Dec. 26, have not won two in a row
from the Bucks since Feb. 14 and April 9, 1999.