Rapid Reaction: Bulls 108, Magic 95
April, 14, 2014
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 108-95 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday night at the United Center.
How it happened: Mike Dunleavy led the Bulls with 22 points and five assists, while Joakim Noah almost racked up another triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Kyle O'Quinn had a nice game for the Magic, scoring 20 points and pulling down seven rebounds, but the Bulls made more plays down the stretch and took better care of the ball all night.
What it means: A solid bounce-back victory for a Bulls team that did not play well on Sunday night in New York. The question now becomes how will coach Tom Thibodeau play the final game of the season, Wednesday at Charlotte. The Bulls don't have control of their playoff destiny; if Toronto wins its final Wednesday, it will lock up the No. 3 seed. But Toronto plays at New York -- against a Knicks team the Bulls just lost to over the weekend. Will Thibodeau decide to rest some players, or will the Bulls go all-out in hopes of climbing one more spot in the standings? For now, the veteran coach has to be pleased by the fact his team got back to playing solid defense and hitting big shots when it needed them.
Hits: Carlos Boozer had 13 points and 12 rebounds in 32 minutes. Jimmer Fredette added 17 points off the bench.
Misses: Kirk Hinrich had just three points and was 1-for-5 from the field in 21 minutes. With D.J. Augustin out because his wife gave birth to a baby boy earlier in the day, Fredette played the crunch-time minutes in this one.
Stat of the night: Orlando had 20 turnovers to Chicago's nine.
What's next: The Bulls finish off the regular season Wednesday night with a visit to the Charlotte Bobcats.