HERD BRINGS MAGIC IN OVERTIME WIN OVER LAKELAND
By Wisconsin Herd Staff /March 9, 2023
The Wisconsin Herd, NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, beat the Lakeland Magic 132-131 in overtime. The Herd came out shooting 52.3% from the field to grab a four-point lead at the end of the first quarter. The Magic took control of the game in the second quarter outscoring the Herd 40-24 to go ahead 70-58 at the half. The Herd started their comeback in the third quarter outscoring the Magic by two points, but it wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the Herd took the lead for the first time since the first quarter. The Herd held the lead until the last 30 seconds when the Magic rushed back to tie the game and send it into overtime. The Herd scored the first two baskets of overtime, but the Magic countered with their own two baskets to go ahead 131-129. Iverson Molinar hit one free throw to bring the Herd to 130. The two teams would go on to miss the next eight shots before Paris Bass secured the win with a contested fast-break layup.
Elijah Hughes guided the Herd with a season-high 30 points while Paris Bass added a double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds. Iverson Molinar also posted a season-high 22 points and nine assists.
Jay Scrubb led the Magic with a triple-double of 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Au’Diese Toney followed with 22 points.
The Herd opened the game by grabbing an early five-point lead over the Magic. Wisconsin continued to increase their lead pushing ahead 19-12 driven with five straight points by Iverson Molinar. The Magic responded with a swift run to tie the game 19-19 at the five-minute mark. The Herd snapped back with an 11-2 stretch to take a nine-point lead. The Magic battled to within two before Alex Antetokounmpo completed a free throw to put the Herd ahead 34-30 at the end of the first quarter.
Brandon Sampson scored the first basket of the second quarter extending the Herd’s lead to six. The Magic outscored the Herd 9-3 to tie the game for a second time at 39-39. Paris Bass kept the Herd ahead with a three-point shot while Deividas Sirvydis added a layup. The Magic didn’t stay down, crawling back to steal the lead 49-46 with six minutes remaining in the half. Elijah Hughes scored back-to-back baskets to tie the game. The Herd stayed close until the Magic hit eight unanswered points. Iverson Molinar completed a jump shot but the Magic scored the last three baskets of the half to lead 70-58. Elijah Hughes led the Herd with 15 points in the first half.
Paris Bass began the third quarter with five straight points to cut down the Magic’s lead. The Herd battled to within seven points before the Magic powered ahead to a 14-point lead. The Herd responded with six unanswered points. The two teams traded baskets as the Herd slowly crawled within six points at the five-minute mark. The Magic turned around to build a 10-point lead, 103-93, at the end of the third quarter.
The Herd started the fourth quarter outscoring the Magic 12-2 to tie the game 105-105. Elijah Hughes and Rob Edwards hit back-to-back three-point shots to push the Herd ahead by six points. The Magic answered by cutting down the Herd’s lead to two but Wisconsin hit two consecutive three-point shots to remain in the lead
The Herd pushed ahead to 123-116 with succeeding shots by Iverson Molinar and Rob Edwards. Lakeland answered with two shots before Rob Edwards completed a layup to put the Herd up by five. The Magic hit five points in the last 30 seconds to tie the game 125-125 and send it into overtime.
The target score was set to 132 for the overtime period. Rob Edwards scored a layup to hit the first basket of the target score overtime. The Herd earned a stop on defense which lead to Paris Bass completing a jump shot for the Herd. The Magic countered with back-to-back three-point plays to go ahead 131-129. Iverson Molinar made one free throw to bring the Herd to 130. The two teams went back and forth resulting in eight missed shots before Paris Bass stole the ball and hit a fastbreak layup to win the game 132-131.
The Herd will return home on Monday, March 13 to take on the Memphis Hustle with tip-off set for 6:00 p.m. CST.