The Bucks got ahead on the hot shooting of Caron Butler, but held off the Magic late by the play of two rookies. Box Score Well it wasn't pretty, but the Bucks held on just enough to eek past the Orlando Magic, giving Milwaukee it's 10th win of the season. WE HAVE ARRIVED AT DOUBLE DIGITS WINS! Take a minute and breathe it in. Feels invigorating, doesn't it? The Magic had some pretty good performances from Arron Afflalo (21p on 9-15 shooting), E'Twaun Moore (17p on 6-12 shooting), Nikola Vucevic (19p/9r) and yes, Tobias Harris (16p/9r) that kept them clawing back every time Milwaukee stretched the lead out near double digits, but ultimately couldn't put the comeback together. For the Bucks, a last-second survival will go down as a team success, but the victory can be mostly accredited to three players. Caron Butler: 21 points, 7-15 shooting (7-13 behind the arc), 7 rebounds Butler was bobblehead night hot in the first half, drilling six threes leading to 18 first half points. It was the most threes in a half by a Bucks player since Carlos Delfino went 6-for-7 against the Clippers on Valentine's Day three years ago. The flurry of threes stretched Milwaukee's lead to ten before Orlando widdled it down to six. Butler likes to get up his shots, but when they are coming from behind the line instead of a toenail inside of it, you can live with his shot selection a little bit more, especially if the shots are going in. Butler also was a serviceable body defensively against Tobias Harris for most of the game, though Harris eventually was too bruising for anyone to handle. Still, seeing Butler take on the challenge and hold his own against another small ball four is encouraging, considering that is where Butler is probably going to be most valuable in his twilight years, whether it is with Milwaukee or another club. Nate Wolters: 15 points, 6-13 shooting, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 SUPER HUGE THREE Naters really gonna Nate, man. Wolters again showed a respectable amount of savvy in finding other guys in decent spots or keeping the offense from getting stuck in a certain pattern. Where Wolters really stood tonight though out was in his last shot of the game.
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