Bulls blow out Magic
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon scored 25 points on 7-of-17
shooting, as the Chicago Bulls pounded the Orlando Magic, 100-76, at Amway
Luol Deng notched 15 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, and Kirk Hinrich
added 17 points for the Bulls, who continued a four-game road trip. They
had a three-game winning streak come to an end with Wednesday’s season-worst
103-70 loss to the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Ben Wallace added 12 boards for the Bulls, who are 2-1 on the swing and 12-20
away from the Windy City this season. They will close out the trek Sunday at
Dwight Howard posted 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Magic, who have lost
eight of their last 10 games. Jameer Nelson netted 13 points, and Trevor Ariza
added 10 in the loss for Orlando.
Trailing 7-6 in the early going, Chicago rattled off nine straight capped by
a pair of Hinrich jumpers for a 15-7 lead midway through the first. The Bulls
carried a 26-17 advantage into the second quarter.
Chicago blew the game open in the second on a 14-0 burst, sparked by a Tyrus
Thomas follow up dunk with 8:47 remaining, and led 49-29 at halftime.
Orlando started to rally midway through the third, on a 16-4 run, ended by
five straight Howard points for a 14-point deficit, 61-47, with 3:03 to go.
Just as the Magic’s chances seemed hopeful, though, they were immediately
deflated by a 10-1 quarter-ending Bulls spurt for a 71-48 margin heading into
Orlando started one more rally midway through the final stanza, a 7-0 spurt
sparked by a Howard follow up dunk; but that only cut its deficit to 88-66, as
Chicago cruised to the easy win.
Orlando forward Hedo Turkoglu left with a bloody nose midway through the
second quarter, and did not return…Thursday’s meeting between Chicago and
Orlando was the third and final matchup of the regular season. The Magic won
both previous encounters, and three of the last five matchups…Chicago has
won six of its last 16 trips to Orlando.