Wednesday , Jan , 21 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Bucks attempt to halt losing streak

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks try to put the brakes on
a two-game losing streak tonight when they welcome Tracy McGrady and the
Orlando Magic to the Bradley Center for the finale of a home-and-home set.

On Monday, Tracy McGrady scored a game-high 34 points, as the Magic slipped by
the Bucks, 106-99, at TD WaterHouse Centre.

Juwan Howard added 19 points and hauled down 12 rebounds for the Magic, who
have won three of their last four contests at home. Rod Strickland added 12
points off the bench.

The Bucks were led by Joe Smith’s 19 points. Michael Redd and Desmond Mason
each added 18 points for Milwaukee, which has dropped four of its last six on
the road. Brian Skinner posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds
in a losing effort. It was a close game down the stretch but head coach Johnny
Davis knew it was a good win for his club.

“That was a solid win by our team, certainly the way we wanted to begin the
second half of the season — solid contributions inside and not allowing them
too many second shots which has plagued us before,” Davis said.

Trailing 96-82 with 2:57 left in the contest, the Bucks used a 14-2 flurry to
pull within a basket at 98-96. The run was keyed by a Redd three-pointer with
25 seconds left.

Howard then knocked down two free throws to push the Magic cushion to 100-96
with 24 seconds left. The Bucks still had a chance to pull out the win, but it
ended when T.J. Ford turned the ball over on the team’s next possession. Ford
had three turnovers in the contest and ended with just five points on 2-of-6
shooting.

McGrady, who stole Ford’s baseline pass, glided in for a dunk that sealed the
victory.

The Magic are 5-17 on the road, while Milwaukee, which had its 10-game home
winning streak halted on Saturday against Detroit, is an impressive 15-5 on
its homecourt.

Orlando has won two of three and three of the last five contests between the
two squads. The Magic have lost nine of 10 and 11 of their last 13 at
Milwaukee.

MIL ORL