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Orlando Magic Narrowly Defeated by Chicago Bulls

January 2nd, 2013 at 11:13 PM
By Josh McKinney

The Orlando Magic just can't get out of their current funk. Although they have been competitive and have nearly pulled out some wins recently, they have dropped seven straight games, the latest of which was a 96-94 loss at the hands of the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night at the Amway Center.

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"I think teammates would agree that there's no secret that Glen (Davis) adds a different element to our team," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "But … it's about time for us to realize as a team that Glen's probably not going to play two days from now, so we need to continue to work together … and muster the energy and approach still." 

The Bulls (17-13) received 31 points and 11 rebounds from Carlos Boozer, while Luol Deng had 23 points and Taj Gibson finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and a game-high four blocks.

Jameer Nelson paced Orlando (12-20) with 32 points, with Nikola Vucevic adding 20 points and 19 rebounds and Arron Afflalo registering 19 points.

The Magic outshot Chicago 47.4% (37 of 78) to 46.8% (36 of 77) from the field, but the visitors made 5 of 12 (41.7%) shots from behind the arc compared to 9 of 24 (37.5%) for Orlando. The Bulls held a 42-32 edge in rebounding and dished out 27 assists compared to 16 for the Magic.

After winning the first three quarters by margins of 29-28, 25-18, and 28-25, Chicago lost the fourth period 23-14.

"That's something we need to do," Vucevic said of the Magic's fourth-quarter effort. "We never give up. We stick together as a team … That's something going forward that is going to help us going down the road." 

Orlando hosts New York on Saturday, with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 pm on FS Florida.

Game Highlights


Tags: Amway Center, Arron Afflalo, Jameer Nelson, NBA, Nikola Vucevic, Orlando, Orlando Magic

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