By John Denton
ORLANDO -- Arron Afflalo’s bid to become a much more efficient player this season for the Orlando Magic hit dizzying heights on Wednesday night in a shooting performance for the ages.
Looking to provide a spark for the mostly sluggish Magic, Afflalo tied a franchise record with five 3-pointers in a quarter, hit eight threes in the game and scored a career-best 36 points as Orlando rallied past the Milwaukee Bucks 94-91.
``I was a little disappointed in the first half at our energy level, so individually I just wanted to come out and be aggressive in the second half,’’ said Afflalo, who hit the five threes in the third period and made seven 3-pointers after halftime. ``In life (he’s shot the ball that well), but not in my NBA career. So it was fortunate that my 3-ball was going down tonight.’’
Orlando (4-5) needed every one of Afflalo’s 3-pointers and 29 second-half points against Milwaukee (2-5), which had just eight healthy players and was in action a second time in as many nights. The Bucks lost veteran forward Caron Butler (20 points and three 3-pointers) in the final two minutes to a shoulder injury, further depleting their firepower.
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