Magic survive poor shooting to down Bucks, 78-72

By Kyle Hightower

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, April 5 2011 7:40 p.m. MDT

Milwaukee Bucks' Drew Gooden, left, tries to grab a rebound away from Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard (12) as Bucks' Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, right, looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

John Raoux, Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. — Dwight Howard had 18 points and 17 rebounds, Jameer Nelson scored 17 and the Orlando Magic beat the Milwaukee Bucks 78-72 on Tuesday night.

Coupled with Atlanta's 97-90 loss to San Antonio, the Magic clinched the No. 4 seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs. Orlando won three of four in the season series to improve to 16-5 in its last 21 meetings against the Bucks.

Orlando shot just 38 percent, including a stretch of 19 straight misses from the 3-point line.

Drew Gooden led Milwaukee with 18 points and Keyon Dooling added 10.

Entering Tuesday, any combination of two Bucks losses or victories by Indiana eliminated them from postseason contention. Milwaukee could be officially eliminated Wednesday if it loses at Miami.

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