Found January 02, 2013 on Sports Blog Net:
Even with a fantastic 4th quarter comeback for the Orlando Magic (12-20), outscoring the Bulls 23-14, they couldn't manage to close out the game in the final minute. The Bulls (17-13) have now beat the Magic in 7 of their last 8 outings. Despite Joakim Noah's absence (flu-like symptoms), the Bulls slaughtered the Magic on the boards for the first 3 quarters. This was surprising, considering the Magic had been rebounding well recently and the Bulls came into this game having averaged over 10 rebounds less than their opponents over the last 3 games. Nik Vucevic took over on the boards in the 4th quarter and the Magic actually led the Bulls in rebounds by the end of the game. The Bulls starting frontcourt trio of Deng, Boozer, and Gibson outscored their Orlando counterparts 75-30 throughout the game, which was the ultimate downfall for the Magic. If you watched the game, you know that the other reason that the Magic lost was the free throw differential. This game was undoubtedly over-officiated, with a total of 38 fouls being called throughout the game. Oftentimes, these calls were made on very little contact. The Bulls ended up shooting 19-25 from the charity strip on 22 Magic fouls, while Orlando only shot 11-14 on 16 Chicago fouls. You know the author is a homer when his team loses and he calls the game "over-officiated". Deal with it. The last few minutes of the game were very exciting. Starting around the 6 minute mark in the 4th quarter, the Magic made a serious push. Vucevic had a lot of great putbacks and some smooth turnaround low post shots. Nelson scored in a variety of ways; pull-up jumpers, layups, and three-pointers. With 46 seconds to go, Afflalo hit a corner 3 to put the Magic to within 2. On the next play, McRoberts blocked a Kirk Hinrch layup off of the backboard. The ball got tapped back to Hinrich, but he was caught standing out of bounds. With 25 seconds left, the Magic trotted downcourt, looking to tie it up. Jameer slashed to the rim and Taj Gibson smacked it away with authority. The ball went out of bounds with 11.3 seconds left. The Magic came back in after their final time out and Jameer managed to get Hinrich off of his feet with a pump-fake. He leaned into the contact, but no foul was called. Subsequently, Jameer was off-balanced and missed the shot. Deng got the ball and was fouled, basically ending the game. There were plenty of positives to take away from this game for the Magic. Jameer Nelson had a sensational game, with 32 points on 6 of 9 from beyond the arc. He was crucial in the final quarter to bring the Magic within a point of the Bulls. Vucevic notched his 14th double-double of the season. Arron Afflalo had a solid shooting night, but didn't contribute as much as he needs to in other categories. Unfortunately, the Magic didn't have help from J.J. Redick (3-12 FG), who posted a measly 7 points. For those of you that played the Crystal Ball predictions game, congratulations. It was by far the most competitive outing, thus far. Our winner for the night is Justin Dewberry, on his inaugural showing. Remember, its a weekly prize, based on your cumulative points throughout the week. The Magic Word will post another round of the Crystal Ball predictions game on Saturday, when the Magic host the New York Knicks. BOX SCORE CHICAGO BULLS (17-13)                                            FIELD GOALS                         REBOUNDS POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS L. Deng F 39:05 8-16 2-4 5-6 -1 1 2 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 23 C. Boozer F 39:38 13-22 0-0 5-7 +4 2 9 11 2 3 2 4 0 2 31 T. Gibson F 44:49 8-12 0-0 5-6 +7 5 6 11 3 3 0 1 4 1 21 R. Hamilton G 29:58 2-6 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 2 9 1 0 0 0 0 4 K. Hinrich G 32:13 2-9 1-3 2-4 +8 0 2 2 8 4 3 1 1 1 7 N. Mohammed 11:15 0-2 0-0 2-2 -5 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 M. Belinelli 17:55 1-3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 N. Robinson 15:47 2-7 2-4 0-0 -6 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 6 J. Butler 09:20 0-0 0-0 0-0 +3 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 J. Noah NWT - FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS V. Radmanovic NWT - FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS M. Teague DNP - COACH'S DECISION Totals 240 36-77 5-12 19-25 9 26 35 27 16 7 6 5 4 96 46.8% 41.7% 76.0% TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 7 ORLANDO MAGIC (12-20)                                         FIELD GOALS                         REBOUNDS POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS D. Jones G-F 10:31 2-4 0-0 0-0 +4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 A. Nicholson F 12:07 3-5 0-0 0-0 +3 0 4 4 1 3 0 0 1 0 6 N. Vucevic C 39:24 8-14 0-0 4-6 +2 5 7 12 0 5 1 3 1 1 20 A. Afflalo G-F 40:46 7-13 2-4 3-4 0 0 1 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 19 J. Nelson G 40:12 11-20 6-9 4-4 -2 0 5 5 4 2 2 4 0 2 32 J. Redick 34:16 3-12 1-8 0-0 -9 0 1 1 2 1 0 2 0 1 7 G. Ayon 13:38 2-2 0-0 0-0 -14 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 H. Turkoglu 17:50 0-3 0-1 0-0 +4 0 5 5 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 I. Smith 07:27 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 K. O'Quinn 02:54 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 J. McRoberts 20:55 1-4 0-2 0-0 +4 2 2 4 5 0 1 0 1 0 2 M. Harkless DNP - COACH'S DECISION E. Moore DND - SPRAINED LEFT ELBOW Totals 240 37-78 9-24 11-14 8 28 36 16 22 4 12 4 5 94 47.4% 37.5% 78.6% TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 12

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