ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Orlando’s Rashard Lewis had 26 points and six rebounds Wednesday as the Magic trounced the Milwaukee Bucks 102-83 in the season opener for both teams.
The multi-talented, 6-foot-10 Lewis was signed to a lucrative multi-year contract by Seattle then shipped to the Magic in the off-season in exchange for a conditional second-round draft choice. His presence makes Orlando very strong in the frontcourt.
Long-range specialist Hedo Turkoglu scored 24 points, including 3-for-5 on three-point shots, and Dwight Howard had 16 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocked shots for the Magic, who were swept by Detroit in a four-game series in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last season.
Their biggest lead was 90-63 with 10:00 left.
Milwaukee sharp-shooter Michael Redd scored 25 points, despite missing all five of his three-point attempts.
Bobby Simmons was the Bucks' only other player in double figures with 18 points.
Milwaukee trailed 48-46 at the break, but was done in by a 35-16 Orlando third period.