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Bucks' early run buries Magic

Published Oct. 2, 2005

Ray Allen scored 20 points and Terrell Brandon 15 Tuesday night as the high-scoring guard tandem led the Bucks to a 110-76 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Penny Hardaway led the Magic with 16 points, even though he played only 26 minutes and sat out the fourth quarter.

Even with the Bucks starters on the bench the final quarter, the Magic looked helpless and was unable to dent the 33-point lead Milwaukee built over three quarters. The Magic shot only 35 percent to 51 percent for Milwaukee.

Allen scored six points in a 13-0 run midway through the third quarter that helped the Bucks increase their lead to 84-51 going into the final quarter. Hardaway's three-point play narrowed Milwaukee's advantage to 61-43, but the Bucks scored the next 13 points. Allen ended the run with a free throw with just under five minutes left for a 74-43 lead.

Milwaukee shot 57 percent (24-of-42) to lead 57-37 at the half. But the Bucks were on top largely because of an offensive spurt to close out the opening quarter.

The Bucks outscored the Magic 16-4 in the final 4:54 of the first quarter to lead 32-18. After Hardaway sank a pair of free throws to pull the Magic to 16-14, the Bucks scored 12 straight points, six by reserve Michael Curry, to begin the run.