Embarrassing performance by Magic in big loss to CHI
The Magic were led by DHoward with 17 pts, 14 rebs, but made only 5 of 14 FTs; JNelson 13 pts but just 1 assist, 3 TOs; and TAriza off the bench with 10 pts. HTurkoglu, DMilicic, and KBogans combined to score just 10 pts on 4 of 15 FGs. GHill went scoreless from the field but made 7 FTs in a reserve role. CHI was led by Ben Gordon with 25 pts (4 of 5 3 pt FGs); Kirk Hinrich with 17 pts (all in the first half); and Luol Deng with 15 pts (all in the second half); Chris Duhon led the Bulls bench with 9 pts.
CHI (34 of 73, 46.6%) outscored the Magic (28 of 71, 39.4%) from the field 75-58. CHI hit on 7 of 12 3 pt FGs, while the Magic were just 2 of 9 from long range. The Magic shot a pitiful 18 of 36 from the FT line, while CHI shot 25 of 33. CHI dominated the boards 48-31. The Bulls had an AST/TO ratio of 21/20, while the Magic had a poor ratio of 12/17. The Magic bench outscored the Bulls bench 36-29.
Bulls coach Scott Skiles after the game: "We took the game to them. We were aggressive at both ends of the court and didn't let them dictate the tempo of the game."
Magic have 2 days off to try and figure out why they were so badly beaten with so much at stake before another tough game at HOU on SUN.