Denton: Magic vs. Bulls Analysis (12/16/13)
The Magic snapped a five-game losing streak to the Bulls (9-14), which lost a fourth consecutive home game for the first time since March of 2010. The Bulls played without Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich on Monday, not that a Magic squad cared considering that they’ve been without Davis, Harris and Vucevic for long stretches this season.
``They have my deepest sympathies,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said in jest before the game. Afflalo made eight of 14 shots and scored 23 points. Afflalo is excited about the possibilities with the Magic fully healthy.
``We just have more weapons now,’’ Afflalo said. ``I’d like to see Tobias (five points and seven rebounds) get it going more. Coach (Vaughn) is doing his best with the rotation. I think a healthy team will allow us to gain that chemistry. We’re doing a great job of sharing the ball and hopefully it does lead to some more wins.’’
The Magic had a big edge all night with Nelson on the floor as he scored 14 points, handed out seven assists and grabbed five rebounds. In his 38 minutes on the floor, Orlando was a plus-9 in the scoring column – a number that shrunk in half as the Bulls made their push over the final two minutes.
Davis and Vucevic both had double-doubles – Baby scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, while the 7-foot Vucevic added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Playing before a large contingent of Indiana University fans, Oladipo did not turn the ball over in 34 minutes. He didn’t shoot the ball well, but he still aided the Magic effort with eight points and five assists. He also recovered in time on the last-second layup attempt by Deng (26 points) to help save the game.
``I’m just so glad we pulled this game out,’’ Afflalo said. ``That’s the breaks of the game when you miss some shots (like Deng’s layup). They hit some big shots as well. At the end of the day when you get a road win in this league, it’s really big.’’
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