Magic pull off upset over Bulls
The Magic were led by DHoward with 21 pts (7 of 10 FGs), 16 rebs. Howard also committed 11 TOs. DMilicic was huge with 14 pts, 16 rebs, 5 blocks; JNelson 18 pts, 4 asts; and GHIll 15 pts. TAriza led the reserves with 7 pts. KDooling chipped in with 5 pts, 4 rebs, 2 steals, and a block. CHI was led by the hot outside shooting of Ben Gordon with 32 pts; Luol Deng with 23 pts, and Kirk Hinrich was held to just 10 pts. Malik Allen and Chris Duhon each scored 6 pts off the bench.
CHI (32 of 81, 39.5%) outscored the Magic (32 of 73, 43.8%) from the field 71-67. CHI hit on 7 of 18 3 pt FGs, while the Magic were 3 of 9. The Magic (27 of 33) had a big advantage at the FT line over CHI (16 of 20). The Magic dominated the boards 49-31, including 19-12 on the offensive boards. The Magic had 22 asts to go along with their 26 TOs, while CHI had a 25/17 AST/TO ratio. The Bulls reserves edged the Magic reserves 18-17.
The Magic now move 1/2 game ahead of NJ for the 8th spot, and remain 2 games ahead of NY. The Magic get a much-needed day off TUE, then head West to face DEN.