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Giannis sits, offense goes AWOL

Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out Saturday night’s Milwaukee Bucks game against the Orlando Magic with soreness in his right knee. Apparently the Bucks’ shooting touch had an even more serious injury.

Shooting a season-worst 32.8%, the Bucks turned in a completely flat effort in a 103-83 loss to the Orlando Magic at Fiserv Forum.

The numbers were stunningly bad.

Khris Middleton went 4 for 17 and o for 4 on 3-pointers. Malcolm Brogdon went 4 for 18 and 0 for 6 on 3-pointers. Brook Lopez went 4 for 12, 0 for 4 on 3-pointers.

As a team, the Bucks went just 31 for 95, and 6 for 35 (17.1%) on 3-pointers. Two of those 3-point makes came in the final three minutes.

How bad was it? The Bucks entered the game with just three quarters under 20 points for the season. They doubled that total with 19 in the first quarter, 15 in the third quarter and 19 in the fourth quarter. They scored more points in the first half of their previous home game (85 against Washington) than they did in the full 48 minutes Saturday night.

The Magic started the game 2 for 11 and trailed 8-0, then shredded the Bucks defense for the rest of the first half, going 23 for 36.

Jonathan Isaac led Orlando (24-32) with 17 points, and Terrence Ross and Nikola Vucevic added 15 each.

Eric Bledsoe led the Bucks with 19 points.

The only Bucks highlights of the night were their fourth and fifth 3-pointers made of the night. When Bledsoe made their fourth of the night, it set a team record of 721 3-pointers made in a season. They finished the night with 723. The fifth 3-pointer of the night came from rookie Trevon Duval, who made his NBA debut and recorded his first basket and assist the night before.

The loss snapped the Bucks’ six-game winning streak and dropped them to 41-14, still the best in the league.

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