The Orlando Magic pulled off the biggest upset of the NBA postseason so far, as they defeated the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks 122-110 in Game 1 on Tuesday afternoon. Nikola Vucevic led the way for Orlando with 35 points and 13 rebounds, but he also had plenty of help. Terrence Ross scored 18 points off of the bench, while Markelle Fultz and Gary Clark both added 15 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for the Bucks with 31 points and 17 rebounds, but ultimately his production wasn’t enough to propel his team to a win. Milwaukee will need to re-calibrate and look to bounce back in Game 2 on Thursday.
Thanks largely to the play of Antetokounmpo, the Bucks secured the top seed in the East for a second straight season, and this year they will look to advance further than they did last year when they were knocked out in the Eastern Conference finals by the Toronto Raptors. For the Bucks, anything short of an NBA Finals berth this season would be considered a disappointment.
Orlando, on the other hand, will be looking to pull a major upset over the Bucks and in turn avoid a second straight first-round elimination. The series will be especially tough for the Magic since they will be without the services of a couple of their younger players in Jonathan Isaac and Mo Bamba. Ultimately, the Magic will need to play near-perfect basketball if they hope to best the Bucks, and that’s certainly a tall task.