Rapid Reaction: Magic 83, Bulls 82
December, 16, 2013
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Orlando Magic earned an 83-82 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night at the United Center.
How it happened: Arron Afflalo torched the Bulls throughout the night. The veteran swingman had 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Nikola Vucevic added 10 points and 11 rebounds. Luol Deng was the only bright spot for the Bulls, with 26 points and eight rebounds, but he missed a layup that would have tied the game in the final seconds.
What it means: It's the same old story for Tom Thibodeau's team. The Bulls can't score. No matter what they do on the floor, they can't find a way to make baskets. It has been an ongoing problem for and one that doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon. Kirk Hinrich's return to the lineup isn't going to change much for a team that doesn't have a go-to scorer. The Bulls are still playing hard -- they just don't have the offensive talent to compete most nights.
Hits: D.J. Augustin had a nice game off the bench for the Bulls, scoring 14 points and dishing out eight assists. The veteran started the second half in place of struggling second-year point guard Marquis Teague. Expect him to get even more playing time if Hinrich (back stiffness) stays out of the lineup.
Misses: Jimmy Butler was just 1-for-11 from the field.
Stat of the night: The Bulls shot just 34.6 percent from the field.
What's next: The Bulls take on the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.