Orlando eked out its third come-from-behind win over Milwaukee in 10 days Monday night, stunning the Bucks 93-90 at Bradley Center.
Ryan Anderson swished a 3 from the top of the arc with 18.1 seconds left to put Orlando ahead 91-90 and Jameer Nelson sank a pair of free throws after that to preserve the win.
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"It's really unbelievable," coach Stan Van Gundy said.
"We had to come from behind in the fourth quarter all three times. I don't ever remember having that in a season against anybody when three games sort of go so similarly."
On Monday, the Magic trailed 86-81 with 2:47 left.
But Nelson drew a charge against Brandon Jennings. Anderson followed with a foul shot, Hedo Turkoglu sank a jumper and J.J. Redick hit a 3 from the top of the arc off a pass from Dwight Howard to give Orlando an 87-86 lead.
Milwaukee responded with a layup by Larry Sanders, and after Howard made a free throw to tie the score at 88, Jennings made a floater with 31.2 seconds left to put Milwaukee ahead 90-88.
That set the stage for Anderson — but not until a lucky bounce.
Redick missed a driving layup off the glass, and the Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova tipped it out of the paint and directly to Nelson, who swung it to the left to a wide-open Anderson.
"It was really the only open look that I had all day," said Anderson, who finished with nine points.
On Milwaukee's ensuing possession, Brandon Jennings lost the ball out of bounds with 12.2 seconds to go. Although the refs ruled the ball went off of the Magic, it was reversed via an instant-replay review.
Howard scored 28 points and gathered 16 rebounds, both game highs.
Glen Davis played one of his most productive games of his brief Magic tenure. The backup big man scored 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting and collected six boards.
Nelson gave Orlando some room by hitting a pair of free throws with 10.8 seconds to go.
The Magic won for the fifth time in their last six games. The Bucks lost for the fifth time in their last six games.
After it ended, Orlando players hugged and congratulated rookie shooting guard DeAndre Liggins, who made his NBA debut because Jason Richardson sat out the game with what team officials think is a virus, and Quentin Richardson suffered a bruised left quad.
"It was like paradise," said Liggins, who scored three points in just over 10 minutes. "It was amazing to be out there playing on an NBA floor."
The Magic (21-12) and the Bucks (13-19) must be sick of each other after the three games in such a short span.
Orlando beat Milwaukee in Milwaukee on Feb. 11 and again in Orlando last Friday after trailing in the fourth quarter.
The Bucks were missing their top player, center Andrew Bogut, who is out indefinitely with a fractured left ankle. Their next-best big man, Drew Gooden, also did not play because of a sprained right wrist.
Those absences gave Howard extra room to maneuver down low, and Anderson hit the biggest bucket of all.
"They left him open at the wrong time," Howard said. "He knocked it down and won us the game."
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