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Lowly Bucks hope for luck in Magic Kingdom

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Milwaukee Bucks will take their struggles to the road briefly when they visit the Orlando Magic Friday at Amway Center.

The Bucks lost all three games on their recent homestand and have dropped four in a row overall and 21 of the last 24 games. They have the worst record in the NBA at 8-37 and dropped a 126-117 decision to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, as Goran Dragic scored a game-high 30 points to lead the Suns.

Ersan Ilyasova scored 27 points, Brandon Knight finished with 24 points and eight assists and Kris Middleton chipped in 17 points for the Bucks, who made 42.7 percent of their shots and scored 18 points off 15 Phoenix turnovers.

"There were some positives to come out of this game, and we're going to continue to try to build on the positives," Bucks coach Larry Drew said.

Larry Sanders and Nate Wolters had 14 and 11 points, respectively, in defeat.

Milwaukee will visit Memphis on its quick trip, has a 4-19 road mark and is winless in the past seven games outside the Bradley Center. The Bucks are last in points per game at 91.7 ppg this season.

In injury news for the Bucks, guard O.J. Mayo (flu) is questionable Friday.

Orlando lost all of its games on a recent three-game road trip and is scheduled to play five of the next seven games at home.

The Magic are just 2-15 in the last 17 games and suffered a 98-83 loss at Toronto the previous time out on Wednesday. Kyle Lowry paced the Raptors with 33 points and 11 assists, and Amir Johnson added 22 points for the hosts.

"A talented bunch," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said of the Raptors. "Athletic and long, even without (DeMar) DeRozan."

DeRozan is dealing with a foot injury and leads Toronto in scoring (21.8 ppg).

Magic center Nikola Vucevic appeared in his first game since Jan. 6 because of a concussion and had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jameer Nelson (13), Victor Oladipo (12) and Arron Afflalo (10) rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Magic, who made 33.3 percent for the game and only 6-of-19 3-pointers.

The Magic have a 9-14 record in central Florida this season and handed the Bucks a 94-91 defeat in the first of four matchups on Nov. 13. Afflalo poured in 36 points in that one for Orlando, which has won nine of the last 11 meetings between the teams.

Milwaukee has lost 15 straight and 16 of its last 17 at Orlando and will host the Magic on Feb. 18 and March 10 at the Bradley Center.

01/31 09:45:33 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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ATL 0
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DET 7
CLE 5
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MIN 7
TOR 0
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TEX 8
SEA 6
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LOS 2
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SDP 1
COL 3
 
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PIT 2
MIL 2
 
7th
WAS 0
STL 7
 
6th
TAM 1
NYY 7
 
6th
MIN 3
TOR 5
 
5th
CWS 0
BOS 0
 
4th
HOU 0
KAN 4
 
3rd
NYR 3
PHI 1
 
2nd
STL 2
CHI 3
 
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