Savage from the Sideline: Familiar Fourth-Quarter Finish



By Dan Savage
February 17, 2012
FAMILIAR FOURTH-QUARTER FINISH


If any of the Bucks’ players catch some sleep on their flight to New Jersey on Friday, chances are they’ll have a nightmare about playing in a fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic.

For the second straight contest against Milwaukee, Orlando pulled off a miraculous fourth-quarter run that led to a thrilling come-from-behind victory.

Earlier this month, Jason Richardson capped off a 31-point, nine 3-pointer night by drilling four treys during a game-sealing 16-0 final-frame run.

On Friday, it was Hedo Turkoglu, who stole the show.

The small forward known as Mr. Fourth Quarter erupted for seven points and two assists during a 17-0 run that closed the contest in the Magic’s 94-85 home victory.

“He did an amazing job getting us back in the game, made some huge plays and was very aggressive,” Orlando power forward Ryan Anderson said. “He just brought a lot of energy.”

After trailing by as much as 15 points against the Bucks, the Magic turned up their offensive tempo as well as their defensive intensity.

“We had the lead and they made their run towards the end,” Milwaukee point guard Brandon Jennings said. “They had the momentum towards their side.”

All-Star center Dwight Howard was a pivotal cog in Orlando’s success, notching six rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot during the Magic’s run.

“We played a lot harder defensively,” Stan Van Gundy explained. “Dwight was everywhere in the fourth quarter.”

Even though there were a lot of positives that can be drawn from another Orlando fourth-quarter comeback, the Magic’s head coach saw some cause for concern. And it hit him right after shootaround when he found out that Drew Gooden would not play on Friday.

“I think we might be getting a little full of ourselves to begin with and then with Gooden not there we think we’re going to just walk to a victory,” Van Gundy said. “What’s dangerous is the result tonight, because now you think you can just turn it on whenever you want.”

The Bucks are also worried about the Magic turning the switch off and on, but from the opposite persepctive.

Come Monday, when it plays Orlando for the third time this season, Milwaukee will certainly fear another fourth-quarter run courtesy of the Magic.




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