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Loss to Magic puts Bucks' December record at 3-11

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ORLANDO, Fla. - The Milwaukee Bucks were just 3-and-11 in December - and they'll try to re-group before their next game on Saturday night at home against Oklahoma City.

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The Bucks got trounced in the second half last night in losing by 25 points at Orlando. It happened 19 years to the day when Bucks' coach Scott Skiles set an NBA-record as a point guard with the Magic. Skiles had 30 assists in a 155-to-116 Orlando victory over Denver on December 30th of 1990. It's a record that still stands, but Skiles says it will be broken eventually. He said former Bucks' guard Ramon Sessions flirted with the record two years ago, when he had 24 assists in a game.

The Milwaukee Bucks blew an eight-point halftime lead. The Magic's rally began with a 13-0 run late in the third quarter. It started when Vince Carter's head slammed into the shoulder of Bucks' forward Ersan Ilyasova, who was called for a blocking foul. Carter landed hard next to the first row of the seats. But he stayed in the game, and scored twice during Orlando's decisive run. Carter led the Magic with 25 points on the night. Jason Williams made 5-of-5 three-pointers as Orlando shot a team-record 79-percent in the second half.

The Bucks only shot 39-percent for the game. Brandon Jennings scored 20, and Andrew Bogut had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Orlando improved to 23-and-8 overall and 13-and-3 at home. Milwaukee lost its fourth straight game, and the seventh in its last eight.

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