But he wanted to make one thing perfectly clear: While he is pleased with his club’s seven-game winning streak, he hasn’t liked what he’s seen over the past two victories.
“We’re starting to back off in some areas,’’ Van Gundy said. “I think some people, after a while, start to take some things for granted . . . I don’t like the way we’ve approached the last two games. It’s only two games and I’m not going crazy, but I don’t like it.’’
Orlando got 28 points and 13 rebounds from Dwight Howard and placed six players in double figures, but for the second straight game played only one complete half of basketball.
The Magic had a poor first half in a 20-point win over Golden State Monday and this time nearly gave up a 19-point lead in the second half against Milwaukee. Corey Maggette scored 21 points to lead the Bucks.
76ers 109, Wizards 97 — Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams each scored 26 points, and host Philadelphia returned from its longest road trip of the season to beat Washington.
Elton Brand had 17 points to help the Sixers avoid the embarrassment of becoming the first home team to lose to the Wizards this season. Washington is 0-17 on the road.
Lakers 99, Suns 95 — Kobe Bryant scored 24 points and four teammates reached double figures as visiting Los Angeles edged Phoenix.
Jared Dudley led the Suns with 21 points, including three of their 11 3-pointers, but the much bigger Lakers dominated the boards, 47-31, including 14-5 on the offensive end.
Nets 96, Bulls 94 — Sasha Vujacic made the tiebreaking basket with 5.3 seconds left, and New Jersey snapped its five-game losing streak with a victory over Chicago in Newark.
Warriors 110, Hornets 103 — Monta Ellis scored 29 points and visiting Golden State rallied from 10 points down in the third quarter to beat New Orleans.
Trail Blazers 103, Rockets 100 — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points to lift visiting Portland over Houston. The loss spoiled a sensational performance by Kevin Martin, who finished with a season-high 45 points.
Bobcats 108, Timberwolves 105 — Tyrus Thomas had 21 points and 11 rebounds and visiting Charlotte rallied from 8 points down in the final three minutes to pull out an overtime victory against Minnesota.
Hawks 110, Jazz 87 — Joe Johnson scored 28 points, making five of seven 3-pointers, and Jamal Crawford added 26 off the bench as Atlanta topped Utah in Salt Lake City.
Raptors 120, Cavaliers 105 — Andrea Bargnani scored 25 points, Leandro Barbosa added 22, and Jose Calderon had a season-high 17 assists as Toronto ended an 11-game losing streak in Cleveland.
Clippers 106, Nuggets 93 — Eric Gordon scored 28 points, including four 3-pointers, to help host Los Angeles snap Denver’s four-game winning streak.