Hinrich, Bulls Stop Streaking Magic
Chicago 85, Orlando 76
CHICAGO, Nov. 29 (Ticker) -- Kirk Hinrich and the Chicago Bulls had a happy return home.
Hinrich had 20 points and a career-high 14 assists and Luol Deng scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half as the Bulls posted an 85-76 victory over the Orlando Magic, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Hinrich capped a back-and-forth first half with a runner, drawing the Bulls within 42-41 at the break, then added a free throw and two assists as Chicago took the lead for good with a 9-0 run to start the third period.
"Our offense was good. We were getting open shots all over the place," Hinrich said. "We are playing real well with each other right now; at this point of the season we are starting to develop some good chemistry."
A basket by Pat Garrity cut the deficit to 55-54 with 4:15 left, but Hinrich found Ben Gordon for a 3-pointer on the other end to ignite a 13-2 burst.
Deng followed with a dunk, and Othella Harrington and Tyson Chandler each hit a basket around Steve Francis' layup before Gordon and Deng made consecutive jumpers to push the lead to 68-56 with 19 seconds to go.
"Kirk was great for us tonight," Deng said. "We started off slow and they got a good lead and we couldn't disrupt them; they were comfortable. One thing we wanted to do was play harder than them and we knew they played four games in five nights and we just wanted to play harder."
The Magic got no closer than seven points in the final 12 minutes.
"We played pretty good. However, it was our fourth game in five nights," said Orlando forward Hedo Turkoglu, who scored 20 points. "We still played hard and they executed better in the third quarter, they got the lead and they held on to win the game."
Dwight Howard had 17 points and 19 rebounds for Orlando, which shot 41 percent (26-of-63). Francis had nine points on 2-of-9 shooting and committed six turnovers.
Andres Nocioni collected 10 points and 11 boards for the Bulls, who recorded 13 steals and forced 18 turnovers.