Orlando 94, Chicago 96

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 7:00 PM
Location - Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Officials - #25 Tony Brothers, #16 David Guthrie, #73 Tre Maddox
Attendance - 18846

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Chicago 29 25 28 14 96
Orlando 28 18 25 23 94

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Chicago 17-13 9-8 8-5 W1
Orlando 12-20 7-11 5-9 L7

Recap


Bulls 96, Magic 94: Carlos Boozer scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as visiting Chicago withstood a fourth-quarter comeback to hand Orlando its seventh consecutive loss.

Luol Deng added 23 points, including a pair of clinching free throws with 4.2 seconds left, and Taj Gibson added 21 points and 11 rebounds in a dominating performance by the Bulls' starting frontcourt, which accounted for 75 of their 96 points.

Jameer Nelson tied his career high with 32 points and Nikola Vucevic had 10 of his 20 points in the final quarter to rally the Magic, who trailed by 18 points with 4 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.

Boozer, Deng and Gibson - starting for center Joakim Noah - combined for all of Chicago's 28 third-quarter points and sparked a 20-6 surge that built the lead to 76-58 with 4:39 left in the period.

Nelson responded with nine unanswered points in 76 seconds as Orlando cut the deficit to 82-71 entering the fourth and the Magic pulled within two points with 5:20 left. The Bulls extended the lead back to 10 before J.J. Redick and Arron Afflalo buried 3-pointers in an 8-0 spurt cut the lead to 94-92.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Noah and reserve F Vladimir Radmanovic sat out the game due to flu-like symptoms. Noah had two points and four rebounds in Monday's loss to Charlotte. ... Nelson, who sat out the last two games with a hip injury, was 6-of-9 from behind the arc and has connected on 14 of 24 3-point attempts in his last three games. ... Bulls PG Derrick Rose, who is recovering from major knee surgery, accompanied the team on the two-game trip to Florida but is still expected to be sidelined until late February or early March.

Top Game Performances

Chicago   Orlando
Carlos Boozer 31 Scoring Jameer Nelson 32
Richard Hamilton 9 Assists Josh McRoberts 5
Carlos Boozer 11 Rebounds Nikola Vucevic 12
Carlos Boozer 5 Free Throws Made Jameer Nelson 4
Kirk Hinrich 3 Steals Jameer Nelson 2
Taj Gibson 4 Blocks DeQuan Jones 1

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Chicago 96 46.8 5-12 19-25 27 35 5 7 7
Orlando 94 47.4 9-24 11-14 16 36 4 4 12

Upcoming Games

  • Orlando will play their next game at home against New York. The Magic have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .300 after a loss.
  • Chicago will play their next game on the road against Miami . The Bulls have a W/L % of .412 after a win and .769 after a loss.