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Bogut propels Bucks past depleted Orlando

MILWAUKEE - Andrew Bogut scored a season-high 31 points and had 18 rebounds in his return from a back injury, but still seemed upset with his play in the Milwaukee Bucks' 96-85 victory over the depleted Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

Bogut missed eight consecutive free throws at one point while being fouled intentionally in the fourth quarter and was only 5 of 16 overall. That allowed the Magic to stay close despite being down to eight active players because of illness and injury.

Starters Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson missed the game for Orlando, which had its winning streak snapped at six.

“To me it’s very frustrating,” Bogut said. “I feel I let my teammates down, in a sense. In this game if I had made just five more free throws we’re up 16 and the game is much more comfortable.”

Bogut is making just 42 percent of his free throws this season.

Vince Carter scored 20 points for Orlando, which fouled Bogut in the first few seconds of most Milwaukee possessions starting midway in the fourth quarter.

“We were just trying to stay in the game,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. “It was taking some time off the clock so we tried to speed the game up.

Van Gundy used a zone defense in the second half to save his tired players, but his team fell well short of its average of 99 points.

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