MILWAUKEE — After another 3-pointer by Jason Richardson found the net, Quentin Richardson yelled from the bench, "That looks like J-Richard from the old Golden State days! He's making it rain and snow!"
Richardson indeed made it rain, hitting 9 of 11 3-pointers to finish with a season-high 31 points in the Magic's 99-94 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.
With a few more minutes to play, Richardson might have had a shot at the team record of 11, set in 1996 by Dennis "3D" Scott.
The Magic, coming off an overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night, brought their three-point circus to town and used it to claim the game in the final period.
Richardson drilled his ninth trey to make it 94-88, Orlando, forcing Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles to call a timeout. It was the only way to stop the Magic's 3-point barrage.
The Magic hit 15 of 37 3-pointers on the night.
J-Rich's eighth 3-pointer of the game gave the Magic an 89-88 lead, and then Hedo Turkoglu – mired in a slump – pushed the lead to 91-88 with a jumper.
Turkoglu then nailed a 3-pointer to run his point total to 18 for the game and had a big smile on his face. He had 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting. J.J. Redick added 14.
Richardson, 31, hit two 3-pointers late in the period to push the Magic to within 88-86, quieting the Bucks crowd and sending the Magic bench into bedlam.
There's apparently no statute of limitations on getting back at your old team. Milwaukee power forward Drew Gooden squared off against Magic all-star Dwight Howard and more than held his own, scoring 21 points to Howard's 11. Howard collected 14 rebounds and Gooden eight.
After a 16-point period by the hot-handed Richardson, the Magic trailed just 73-72. Richardson, who had just three points at halftime, hit four 3-pointers to help Orlando take a 68-63 lead against the Bucks.
Milwaukee hung tough, getting terrific play from their bench. Mike Dunleavy and Ersan Ilyasova each had 14 points heading into the final period.
The Bucks, not known for their 3-point shooting prowess, hit five 3s in the opening half to take a 49-43 lead. Dunleavy came off the bench to score 12 points, hitting 5-of-7 shots.
The Magic trailed the Bucks 21-16 after the first quarter despite some horrendous shooting by both teams. Dunleavy hit two 3-pointers and added a tip-in late after coming off the bench late in the period, scoring eight unanswered points.
The Magic started fast, jumping to a 7-0 lead after a 3-pointer by Ryan Anderson, who leads the league in 3-pointers made and attempted. But the Bucks battled back, with Gooden adding a couple baskets.
Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said he asked Turkoglu before the game if he wanted — needed — a night off.
"I talked to him about it," Van Gundy said. "He wanted to go. He said he was just banged up and had to play better. "
Turkoglu committed 18 turnovers in a four-game stretch heading into the Bucks game.
"It's all about decision-making for Turk. Shooting is going to go up and down like with everyone. Turnovers have been the big problem. He's just thinking too much instead of playing on instincts and he is a player who has to play on instinct. Something like this, it's not an easy thing to get out of."
The Magic play host to Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night at Amway Center.
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