Vancouver will face the Chicago Fire in a pre-season match Saturday

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MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo is the rookie who gets most of the attention for Milwaukee. Nuggets Jerseys . It was another first-year player who made the biggest shot Tuesday night to give the Bucks a rare victory. Nate Wolters hit a 3-pointer with 29 seconds left to give Milwaukee the lead for good in a 104-100 win over the Orlando Magic. With an NBA-worst 10-43 record, Bucks coach Larry Drew is giving plenty of minutes to young players. Antetokounmpo and Wolters made key contributions both offensively and defensively in the final minutes against Orlando. "They hit a dagger, that shot Nate hit," Magic guard ETwaun Moore said. Wolters missed 26 of his first 29 attempts from 3-point range this season but is 5 for 11 in the teams last four games. "Im feeling a lot better from 3. Im going to shoot with confidence, and hopefully I can keep it up," he said. "Ive been playing so many minutes. Coach is giving me the opportunity, so I have to knock some shots down." His 27-foot jumper with 6 seconds left on the shot clock helped Milwaukee snap a four-game losing streak. "I didnt have much time so I just decided to pull up and shoot it," Wolters said. "Sometimes those are the easiest ones, when you know you have to shoot it. Its nice to get a win." After Wolters gave the Bucks the lead, Antetokounmpo stole the ball from Arron Afflalo and was fouled, making one free throw for a 100-97 advantage. "I was focused tonight," Antetokounmpo said. "For a rookie that means a lot to be focused down the stretch, especially being a little bit panicked." Brandon Knight overcame a bizarre foot injury for the Bucks, scoring 18 points and making two free throws with 5.5 seconds left to seal the victory. He played 34 minutes despite slicing his foot open on a baseboard while stepping out of his bathroom shower Tuesday afternoon. Knight, unavailable for comment after the game, missed 10 of 13 shots from the field but hit all 12 of his free throws. Before the game, he said he was unsure whether he could play. He started anyway. The Bucks made 22 of 30 free throws, while the Magic went 9 of 16. "The free throws were the big thing," Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said. "Their ability to get in the bonus and get downhill and get into the lane was a big part of them winning." Orlando fell to 3-24 on the road. Despite snapping their four-game skid, the Bucks have lost 19 of 22 overall. Afflalo scored 21 points and Nikola Vucevic added 19 for Orlando. After Antetokounmpo made the free throw that gave Milwaukee a 100-97 lead, Afflalo missed a 3-pointer. Ersan Ilyasova hit a pair of free throws for a 102-97 advantage. Jameer Nelson made a 3 with 6 seconds to go to make it 102-100. Knight was fouled and made both free throws to clinch it. Caron Butler, returning after missing four games with a sprained ankle, led the Bucks with 21 points on seven 3-pointers but didnt score in the fourth quarter. Afflalo shot 9 of 15 to snap a mini-slump. The Magic guard had made only 15 of 44 shots in his past four games. Vucevic took a pass from Nelson and made a 14-foot jumper to give Orlando (16-39) a 97-96 advantage with 50 seconds left, its first lead since 4 minutes remained in the third quarter. Antetokounmpo capped Milwaukees 8-2 run to open the fourth. He blocked a layup attempt by Kyle OQuinn and hit John Henson for a dunk, giving the Bucks an 89-81 lead with 8:57 to go. Orlando scored the next seven points to pull to 89-88 on Maurice Harkless 3-pointer with 6:44 left. Butler made six 3s and the Bucks led 53-47 at halftime. It was only the 10th time in 53 games that Milwaukee has led at halftime. NOTES: Milwaukee F Khris Middleton left in the first quarter after twisting his ankle, but returned in the second. ... O.J. Mayo, who had missed nine consecutive games with what the Bucks termed "illness/conditioning," was expected to play limited minutes but remained on the bench the entire game. Drew said he had hoped to play Mayo, but was unable to due to game circumstances. Allen Iverson Jersey . The third-year pro went shot for shot with Knicks star Carmelo Anthony down the stretch before nailing the most important one of the night. Allen Iverson Nuggets Jersey . #SportingKC pic.twitter.VANCOUVER -- As Nigel Reo-Coker began what he described as a North American "adventure" on Friday, he was still getting to know his Vancouver Whitecaps. But after playing in England for more than a decade, Reo-Coker already recognized a key issue. He faces an adjustment as he prepares for his first Major League Soccer season. "I need to be, obviously, coming in knowing its a completely different culture," said Reo-Coker in a conference call with reporters from Charleston, S.C., following a practice. "Its a completely different approach to how it is in Europe, and thats something I have to learn very quickly. Ive already been made aware of it. Ive made myself aware of it." The Whitecaps acquired Reo-Cokers MLS rights a day earlier in a trade for a pair of draft picks from the Portland Timbers. The 28-year-old London native has appeared in more than 200 English Premier League matches and last played for English Championship side Ipswich Town on a three-month stint that ended in January. While English Football is regarded as among the best quality in the world, a pair of notable Whitecaps have struggled after moving from there to Vancouver midway through last season. Midfielder Barry Robson parted ways with the Caps in January after he did not provide the expected offence and struggled to adjust to MLS officials interpretations of fouls. Fellow Scotsman Kenny Miller, another EPL alumnus, has yet to live up to his billing since moving to the Caps last season. But the striker remains with the club. In addition to the MLS game, which often comes across as being more physical than the English version, Reo-Coker must get used to an onerous travel schedule that will require him to crisscross North America at times. But Reo-Coker, who has captained EPL squads West Ham United, Aston Villa, and Bolton Wanderers and also wore the arm band for Wimbledon, said he is prepared for the long trips. "Ive been made aware of the travelling situation," he said. "I know theres travelling in this league, but its not something that really scares me or fazes me. "When I first started playing and made my professional debut at an age of 19, we werent really flying that much in teams. We used to be on coach rides for five, six, seven hours. ... Its about being professional. Thats something about Ive always learned, and been taught, from a young age. "Its about being professional and making sure you prepare yourself properly for a full week." Reo-Coker said he is also prepared to play regularly at home on the B.C. Place Stadium artificial turf. He will also have road games on fake grass in Portland and Seattle. EPL clubs play their games on grass, but he has practised on artificial turf and does not feel that he will have to adjust to it again. But he will likely have to adapt to playing a couple of different positions. Coach Martin Rennie has said Reo-Coker could play central-midfielder and defennder roles. Kenneth Faried Jersey. "Im best known for being a box-to-box midfielder," Reo-Coker said. "Its something Ive done for most of my career. Thats something I really see myself (as.) "Being somebody thats always studied the game from a young age, Ive been able to play in different positions also. Ive studied the game. I can play at right back. Ive played at right midfield, and I know whats expected of me." Before joining Ipswich Town, where he started nine of 11 games, Reo-Coker scored four goals in 42 appearances with Bolton in 2011-12, helping the Wanderers reach 2012 FA Cup quarter-finals. During four seasons at Aston Villa from 2007 to 2011, he made 102 appearances and scored two goals. He also helped West Ham United reach the 2006 FA Cup final against Liverpool only to lose on penalty kicks. After starting as a 12-year-old in Wimbledons system, he toiled for Englands under-21 national team, serving as captain during the age groups 2007 UEFA Championship. He has also played for Englands under-20 squad and served as a standby player for its 2006 World Cup side. Reo-Coker said he had several offers, including a number of English teams and a Russian side that strongly pursued him. But he wanted to start a new "adventure" with the Whitecaps. "I just felt it was the right time and the right opportunity for me to come at this age," he said. During a conference call with Rennie on Thursday, it was suggested that Reo-Coker has lacked intensity. Reo-Coker, who has had squabbles with rivals in the past, described himself as laid-back but questioned how he could be considered lethargic when he has captained every team for which he has played. "Id probably say Ive my matured as Im going into my late-20s," he said. "I do still have that fiery passion, just that winning mentality. Its not something that should be mistaken or taken out of context for something as being an angry man or anything in that type of way." Reo-Coker has had squabbles with opponents in the past, but he chalked up the situation to the "fiery" nature of English football. His wife is from New York, and he has spent most of his recent off-seasons in the U.S., a factor that could help his adjustment to MLS. The time spent on American soil, and a U.S. green card, could also enable him to be classified as a domestic player and free up an international roster spot for the Caps in the future, according to Rennie. But Reo-Coker is not paying too much attention to how MLS classifies him. "Ill be taking care of business on the field," he said. "Everything else off the field takes care of itself." Notes--Reo-Coker played against Whitecaps defenders Jay DeMerit and Andy OBrien in England. ... Vancouver will face the Chicago Fire in a pre-season match Saturday in Charleston and then close the exhibition campaign Sunday against Rennies former lower-tier Carolina RailHawks team in Cary, N.C. cheap jerseys ' ' '

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