Rapid Reaction: Bulls 99, Magic 93
November, 6, 2012
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a hard-fought 99-93 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night at the United Center.
How it happened: Joakim Noah fired his finger guns up and down the floor to the tune of 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists as the Bulls bounced back from a bad loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night. Luol Deng added 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Taj Gibson chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds off the bench, including a crucial three-point play in the final minute.
What it means: This was a solid win for the Bulls because they had to earn it against a scrappy Orlando team. At some points during the night the Bulls must have felt like they were playing themselves considering how tough and physical the Magic play. The good news for the Bulls is that they shot the ball much better in this one and were able to make enough defensive stops down the stretch to get the win. The Bulls got plenty from Deng and Noah, who made key shots down the stretch.
Hits: After shooting just 33 percent on Saturday night, the Bulls managed to shoot 48 percent on Tuesday.
Misses: Noah and Kirk Hinrich missed three consecutive free throws that would have given the Bulls 100 points and fans a free Big Mac.
Stat of the night: The Bulls outscored the Magic 31-23 in the fourth quarter.
What's next: The Bulls take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night at the United Center.