Denton's Dish: The 5th Quarter (2/18/14)


By John Denton
Feb. 18, 2014

MILWAUKEE – Here are five takeaways from the Orlando Magic’s 104-100 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night:


Not long after Orlando had taken a 97-96 lead with 50 seconds to play Milwaukee guard Nate Wolters drilled a hurried 3-pointer at the end of the shot clock. There were just three seconds left on the shot clock when Wolters – a replacement for the injured O.J. Mayo – made his only 3-pointer of the game. He entered Tuesday’s game shooting just 18 percent from beyond the stripe, but that didn’t stop him from hitting the game-winning shot.

Orlando had a chance to tie the game, but the usually reliable Arron Afflalo had the ball stripped out of his hands by Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmp. Later, with the Magic down three, Afflalo came up short on a 3-point shot from the right wing. The Magic executed the play well and Afflalo got off a clean look. Statistically, Afflalo is a significantly better 3-point shooter from the left side than the right, but he got a clean look at the potential tying shot thanks to a great screen set my Nikola Vucevic.