It was a torturous struggle for the Bucks in their St. Patrick's Day matinee with the Orlando Magic. Milwaukee kept trying to trim Orlando's lead but failing to stop an efficient Magic offense. Then the Monta Explosion happened. Monta Ellis scored 25 points in the fourth quarter and 19 in the final 6 minutes 32 seconds, lifting the Bucks to a comeback 115-109 victory at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Ellis drilled 5 three-pointers as part of a 30-12 run to finish the game, allowing the Bucks to snap a three-game losing streak. Milwaukee scored 45 points in the fourth quarter, one shy of the top total scored by an NBA team this season (Portland and the Los Angeles Clippers each had 46 in a quarter). The Bucks guard hit consecutive three-pointers to start the comeback after Milwaukee trailed, 97-85. And it was his three from the top of the arc with 13 seconds left that gave the Bucks a 113-109 lead and brought thunderous cheers from the crowd of 15,591. "It don't play out the way we always picture it," Ellis said. "Tonight we just played extra, extra hard down the stretch to get a win." Bucks coach Jim Boylan was not about to throw away the victory but he was not pleased with his team's performance. "I'm really concerned with the way we're playing right now," Boylan said. "It's not good enough. "Right now we're not a very good team. You can't rely on scoring 45 points in the fourth quarter in order to pull a game out at home.
Monta Ellis' big fourth fuels comeback over Magic
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Mar 18