Khris Middleton steps up late in Bucks’ Game 4 win over Magic

Khris Middleton in Bucks-Magic Game 4
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Khris Middleton in the first 15 quarters of the Bucks-Magic series: 2.4 points per quarter on 28% shooting.

Middleton in the fourth quarter of Game 4: 18 points on 60% shooting.

The worst-slumping star this side of Paul George, Middleton got hot late to lead Milwaukee to a 121-106 win in Game 4 Monday.

The Bucks haven’t won playoff series in consecutive seasons since 1986-1987. Up 3-1 on Orlando, Milwaukee will look to snap that drought in Game 5 Wednesday.

Of course, the Bucks – who reached the Eastern Conference finals last year – have even bigger goals.

It’d help if Middleton sustains this momentum. Giannis Antetokounmpo (31 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists) continues to assert himself. But he needs more help, and nobody is better-equipped than Middleton.

The Magic continue to play hard and, now in more games than not, shoot well. Orlando climbed back anytime the Bucks threatened to pull away. The Magic made 40% of their 3-pointers.

But Milwaukee is too good for this No. 8 seed – especially with Middleton rolling.