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Magic plays Bucks' patsy

The Bucks took no prisoners.

Ray Allen scored 20 points and Terrell Brandon 15 Tuesday night in Milwaukee's improbably easy 110-76 victory over the Orlando Magic.

"This is the best Milwaukee team I've seen in many a year," Magic coach Chuck Daly said. "They executed. They played hard. They defended.

"They're really a tough team, a physical team. That's an impressive night. And we put up no resistance."

Penny Hardaway scored 16 points in 26 minutes. Hardaway, who has tendinitis in his right knee, sat out the fourth period.

He said the knee caused problems, although the blowout and not his knee put him on the bench in the final quarter.

"It's feeling a little sore," Hardaway said. "Tendinitis in that knee is acting up every now and then. The first quarter I reinjured it. It's gonna be hurting the entire season."

The Bucks, who for the first time in a long time are playing tough defense, limited the Magic to 37 percent shooting (28-of-75). The Bucks also had 16 steals, six by Brandon, and five blocked shots.

With a 33-point lead after three quarters, the Bucks didn't play their starters in the final quarter.

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 cut the lead 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.