Magic finally run out of Magic in OT against CHI
HTurkoglu led the Magic with 32 pts (7 of 11 FG, 14 of 16 FT). DHoward had another good game with 22 pts 14 rebs. JNelson added 15 pts, but with 7 TOs, and KDooling led the bench with 12 pts. Three players for CHI scored over 20 pts: Kirk Hinrich with 26 pts 10 assists, Andres Nocioni with 24 pts, and Luol Deng off the bench with 22 pts 11 rebs. Ben Gordon added 18 pts.
Very close stats for the game. CHI (38 of 80, 47.5%) edged the Magic (36 of 82, 43.9%) from the field 81-80. CHI (35 of 45, 77.8%) held a slight edge from the FT line over the Magic (32 of 40, 80%). The Bulls tough defense held the Magic to their lowest FG% in quite some time. ORL edged CHI on the boards 43-41. The Bulls had a superior assist-to-turnover ratio of 27-14, while the Magic ratio was just 18-20. The 20 TOs really hurt ORL. The CHI bench outscored the ORL bench 40-30.
Hedo was outstanding again, but his missed FT in the final seconds of regulation was costly. The Magic were forced to foul in the OT as they fell behind, and CHI hit just about every OT FT. It would have been great to win the home finale and have a 13 game home winning streak, but the Magic have nothing to be ashamed of losing to the tough, scrappy, playoff-bound Bulls, who are playing their best basketball of the season.