Notebook: Bulls 99, Magic 93



Posted Nov 6, 2012 11:38 PM

By Kent McDill, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: The Chicago Bulls waited until the fourth quarter to exert their authority and pulled out a 99-93 victory over the visiting Orlando Magic. Luol Deng finished with 23 points and Joakim Noah had 20 points, nine rebounds, five blocked shots and four assists for the Bulls. Arron Afflalo had 28 points for the Magic, who lost for the first time this season.

THE FACTS II: The Bulls scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to open a four-point lead and eventually built the advantage to 10 points with 2:35 remaining.

QUOTABLE I: "I think we wanted it more. Coach said to do whatever it takes to get the win."
-- Bulls guard Nate Robinson

THE STAT: With the game on the line, the Bulls shot 57 percent in the fourth quarter (12-for-21). The Magic went 9-for-24 (37.5 percent) over the same 12 minutes.

THE STAT II: Noah, who repaired an injured ankle over the summer, played almost 41 minutes for the Bulls.

TURNING POINT: With the Bulls leading 84-79, Orlando's J.J. Redick missed an open 3-pointer. Teammate Glen Davis got the offensive rebound and got the ball back out to Redick, who missed another open 3. The Bulls scored seven of the next 10 points.

INJURY UPDATE: Robinson reported that he had a slight twinge in his groin but that he would be all right. Orlando's Jameer Nelson did not play for the second game with a strained hamstring and groin.

HOT: After getting his 20 points and nine rebounds, Noah is the Bulls' top scorer at 16 points per game, the top rebounder at 8.8 and tied with Kirk Hinrich for the team lead in steals with eight.

GOOD MOVE: With the game tight in the fourth quarter, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau played his "defensive'' lineup and forward Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler came up with big shots down the stretch.

QUOTABLE II: "The guys we had in, Taj and Jimmy, gave us a big lift. Their shooters were putting a lot of pressure on us. We decided to change our defense up a little bit."
-- Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau

INSIDE THE ARENA: Before the game, the Bulls held a tribute to Jim Durham, who died Monday at the age of 65. Durham was part of the Bulls' broadcast team for 18 years, the last being 1990-91, when the Bulls won their first title. Durham went on to work for NBA broadcast partners for 17 years.

ROOKIE WATCH: Orlando's DeQuan Jones played almost 12 minutes as a starter and got two points and two rebounds.

NOTABLE: Bob Rosenberg, the Bulls' official scorer, worked his 2,000th career game Tuesday... the Bulls have not lost back-to-back home games in the two-plus seasons Tom Thibodeau has been coach.

UP NEXT: For the Bulls, Thursday vs. Oklahoma City, Saturday vs. Minnesota, Monday vs. Boston. For the Magic, Wednesday @ Minnesota, Friday vs. Brooklyn, Sunday @ Brooklyn.