Denton: Magic vs. Bulls Analysis (12/16/13)


By John Denton
Dec. 16, 2013

CHICAGO – At long last on Monday night the Orlando Magic finally got to show off the magnificent possibilities when they have their full complement of weapons healthy and on the court at the same time.

Arron Afflalo was draining one jumper after another, while big men Nikola Vucevic and Glen ``Big Baby’’ Davis were protecting the rim and pounding the glass. Jameer Nelson and Victor Oladipo picked apart the Chicago Bulls’ once-stingy defense with on-point passes and timely shots. And young Magic players Tobias Harris, Mo Harkless, Andrew Nicholson, E’Twaun Moore and Kyle O’Quinn provided support off the bench to complete the team effort.

It was a sight to behold for three quarters. Orlando had to sweat it out in the fourth period down to the final second, but in the end it was able to revel in the joy of one of its best signature wins of the season.

Finally whole after a series of injuries early in the season, the Magic used all of their weapons and rode stellar individual efforts from Afflalo and Nelson in an 83-82 defeat of the Bulls at the United Center.

``I told our guys that they created their own destiny tonight by putting themselves in position to win,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. ``We got some stops at the end and stayed together throughout the game and we deserved this win.’’


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