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Bucks return from break in style, top Magic

MILWAUKEE -- Rookies Nate Wolters and Giannis Antetokounmpo made clutch plays in the fourth quarter, lifting the Milwaukee Bucks to a 104-100 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.

The Bucks came back from the All-Star break with a bounce in their step and ended a four-game skid while finally getting double-digit victories (10-43).

Wolters sank a clutch 3-pointer with the shot clock running down, boosting the Bucks to a 99-97 lead with 29.5 seconds left.

Antetokounmpo came up with a steal on the Magic's next possession and was fouled. The 6-foot-10 forward hit 1 of 2 free throws for a 100-97 lead.

Two free throws each by Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Knight clinched the victory.

Caron Butler sank 7 3-pointers, including six in the first half, and led the Bucks with 21 points.

Knight added 18 points and seven assists, while Wolters had 15 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

John Henson had nine points and 10 rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench.

Arron Afflalo missed a potential game-tying three-pointer but led the Magic (16-39) with 21 points. Center Nikola Vucevic added 19 points and nine rebounds and E'Twaun Moore had 17 points.

A 3-pointer by Antetokounmpo and a fast-break layup by Wolters gave the Bucks a 96-91 lead.

But a 3-pointer by Afflalo started an Orlando spurt and the Magic regained the lead on a 14-footer by Vucevic with 50.1 seconds remaining.

With the shot clock nearly expired, Wolters launched his three to give the Bucks the lead. He now has hit five of his last 10 3-point attempts after struggling beyond the arc all season.

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