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Game Preview: Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic

January 2nd, 2013 at 3:08 PM
By Josh McKinney

The Orlando Magic suffered through six losses in a row to end 2012, but look to get 2013 started on the right foot when they welcome the Chicago Bulls to the Amway Center on Wednesday.

'Chicago Bulls' photo (c) 2009, Mike - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Chicago (16-13) handed Orlando its first defeat of the season on November 6th. The Bulls got 23 points and eight rebounds from Luol Deng in the 99-93 victory, while Joakim Noah finished with 20 points, nine boards, and a game-high five blocks. Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson added 12 points apiece, with Boozer also pulling down eight rebounds, while Nate Robinson had 11 points and six assists.

The Magic (12-19) were led by Arron Afflalo, who notched 28 points. Glen Davis and Nikola Vucevic each had 16 points and 10 rebounds, E'Twaun Moore totaled 17 points, and J.J. Redick recorded 10 points and seven assists.

Magic point guard Jameer Nelson, who missed the team's last two games with a hip injury, returns to the court on Wednesday. Afflalo had this to say about Orlando's floor leader being back in action:

"(Nelson) is very important because he’s a veteran leader. He’s the longest-tenured player here and a good point guard. And he’s a good shot-maker, especially in the crunch time, and that’s probably where he’s the most valuable. We need him when it’s winning time. Five of these six losses have come down to when winning basketball was needed, so we’re glad to have him back." 

Wednesday's game will be televised at 7:00 pm on FS Florida.

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Tags: Amway Center, Arron Afflalo, E'Twaun Moore, Glen Davis, J.J. Redick, Jameer Nelson, NBA, Nikola Vucevic, Orlando, Orlando Magic

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