This time, Jason Richardson didn't save the Orlando Magic from the Milwaukee Bucks.
Hedo Turkoglu did.
With Turkoglu leading the way offensively, the Magic woke up from a collective slumber midway through the fourth quarter Friday night. They scored the game's final 17 points to beat the Bucks 94-85 at Amway Center.
"Yeah, I thought we tried in the fourth," said Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, clearly unhappy with his team's effort.
Dwight Howard scored 26 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, both game highs, but Turkoglu provided the biggest jolt.
Known for his up-and-down play, Turkoglu came alive late, scoring 10 of his 14 points and dishing out three of his seven assists.
"It was kind of some weird game until the fourth quarter," Turkoglu said. "We just couldn't get ourselves going, and finally we got hot at the end and we made good decisions and won the game. So, it was a good win for us."
Van Gundy disagreed.
Sure, he was happy that Orlando won its fourth consecutive game and won for the eighth time in 10 games.
But he felt an emotional letdown was in the offing as early as Friday morning. That's when he learned that Bucks big man Drew Gooden didn't make the trip because of injuries.
The Magic turned the ball over 17 times, many of them on passes so awful that Van Gundy called them "mind-boggling."
"I was not shocked with what we came out with at the beginning of the game, and it's inexcusable," Van Gundy said. "It is. We have veteran guys. You've been around the NBA all the time. You know there should be no letdown.
"We've played pretty well over the last 10 and maybe [we were] a little full of ourselves to begin with and then with Gooden not here, we think we're just going to walk to a victory. And what's dangerous a little bit is the result tonight, too, because now you start thinking you can just turn it on whenever you want."
Orlando turned it on when they trailed 82-74 with 6:41 to go.
Turkoglu ignited the Magic's late run by sinking a 3-pointer.
"Some guys just have it in 'em," Richardson said. "Some guys don't. He has it in him, like he's going to hit big shots and he's going to take over the game. He did that tonight."
Richardson did that in Milwaukee six days earlier. He scored 12 points — all on 3-pointers — as the Magic recovered from a 10-point deficit with 5:44 remaining in regulation and won a game they should not have won.
Richardson didn't have it Friday night.
Ersan Ilyasova stuffed Richardson at the rim twice during the third quarter, and Van Gundy went with J.J. Redick over Richardson in the fourth.
Ryan Anderson scored 23 points, collected nine rebounds and had three assists. Redick chipped in with 11 points. And Jameer Nelson had 10.
Four Bucks players scored in double figures, led by Carlos Delfino, who had 16 points.
Orlando's energy was a problem from the get-go. The Magic scored just 11 first-quarter points, a season-low for the team in the first period.
Van Gundy saw the lack of energy, just like everyone else in the announced crowd of 18,846 inside Amway Center.
With his team trailing 45-30 with 2:55 left in the first half, he told his players during a timeout that the Bucks were — ahem — beating the daylights out of them. And Van Gundy not so playfully asked his players if they wanted him to ask the Bucks to slow down the game.
The Magic (20-11) eventually woke up on the defensive end.
And the Bucks (12-18) helped.
Milwaukee went cold, thanks to a combination of bad shot selection and more energetic Orlando defense. The Bucks sank only four of their 20 shot attempts in the fourth quarter.
“Our guys played hard tonight,” Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. “We just couldn’t find anybody to step up and make a couple of big offensive plays once they got rolling. Instead of that, we kind of made mistakes, kind of turned it over, took some bad shots and they took it from us.”
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