Korver gets redemption vs. Magic
ORLANDO -- Kyle Korver didn't sleep very well on Wednesday night.
He air-balled an open 3-pointer that would have sent a game against the Atlanta Hawks into overtime and spared the Bulls some embarrassment. His job is to hit open 3-pointers. At times, he simply hasn't done that this season. All of that came to his mind after the Bulls reached Orlando early Thursday morning.
"I felt pretty bad after the game the other night," Korver admitted. "That was a late night. I was thinking about that. I wanted to come out and hit some big shots. I want to be known as someone who can be counted on to hit those shots."
He did just that against the Magic, hitting three clutch three pointers on Friday night and helping secure a victory.
"He was huge," Carlos Boozer said. "That is why he is out there. He gives us that three point threat. Sometimes he may not get the ball, but teams have to stay close to him and respect him. When they start picking up D. Rose on the penetration, or me on the post-up ... Kyle is wide open or Luol [Deng] is wide open. We will take those shots all day long."
Korver is just glad he got the chance to make up for his mistake on Wednesday.
"That was a tough loss in a lot of ways," he said. "A lot of people felt pretty bad about that game, but I thought we responded well. This was obviously a big game and I thought we played pretty close to a 48 minute game. It was a big one."
Bulls break Orlando streak: This was the Bulls first win in Orlando since March 8, 2007.
"This is my first time winning here!" a happy Joakim Noah exclaimed.
The last word: "I think we rebounded the ball pretty well tonight. It was a great team effort. Omer played huge and we need that. Our bench has been playing great for us and I feel like we just come in waves. We just got to keep it up, keep improving, not be satisfied with this win, but this was definitely a huge one," - Noah, on the win.