Magic fourth quarter comeback stuns Bulls
Five players scored in double figures for the Magic, led by JNelson with 24. HTurkoglu (15 pts) hit a couple of big shots late in the game. KDooling had an outstanding game off the bench (15 pts on 6 of 7 FG), CArroyo added 13 and Darko added 12 pts to go along with 8 rebs and 4 blocks, and he altered several other Bulls shots down low. Andres Nocioni had a career-high 26 pts for the Bulls. Luol Deng had 14, Kirk Heinrich 14 pts, 12 assists and 7 steals, and Ben Gordon 12. The Magic bench outplayed one of the best benches in the NBA, outscoring the Bulls bench by twice as much 43-21.
The Bulls outscored the Magic from the field 78-77, but wound up shooting just 42.4%. ORL shot a respectable 48%. The Magic won the game at the FT line, shooting 20 of 27 (74.1%), while the Bulls shot a pitiful 15 of 28 (53.6%). CHI did outrebound the Magic 42-38, and had a better assist-to-turnover ratio of 21-11 compared to 17-17 for the Magic.
In his post-game press conference, Bulls coach Scott Skiles complemented the Magic guards for being quicker than the Bulls guards and that the Bulls had a hard time keeping up with them, especially in the fourth quarter. He also said the Bulls didn't have an answer for Hedo and the big shots he made, and finally said that the Magic are a much-improved team since the two trades were made.
A huge win for the Magic, as this is exactly the type of game they would have lost, especially on the road, just a few weeks ago. They have now won 4 in a row and 8 out of 11, and severely damaged the Bulls playoff hopes.