Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 128, Magic 125 (3OT)
By Nick Friedell
ORLANDO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls scratched out a 128-125 win in triple overtime over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night at Amway Center.
How it happened: Joakim Noah had 26 points, 19 rebounds and six assists as the Bulls came back from a 15-point deficit to pick up the victory. Carlos Boozer added 23 points. And Jimmy Butler chipped in with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists in 60 minutes of play. Victor Oladipo had a huge game for the Magic, going off for 35 points, eight assists and four rebounds in 57 minutes of play; but he couldn't keep Orlando from folding down the stretch.
What it means: Tom Thibodeau has to hate the way his team played for the first three quarters, but he must love the way the Bulls closed. The Bulls looked disinterested throughout much of regulation. But they played hard when it mattered most. Noah made some huge defensive plays. And the Bulls got some clutch shooting from a variety of sources, including rookie Tony Snell, who hit a couple of big shots down the stretch. Thibodeau and his players will take great pride in this one given how much effort they invested into it late.
Hits: D.J. Augustin had 19 points, nine assists and five rebounds off the bench for the Bulls.
Misses: Kirk Hinrich and Mike Dunleavy were a combined 6-for-22 from the field. (But Dunleavy did hit the three-pointer that sent this game into a second overtime period.)
Stat of the night: The Bulls were 1-for-12 from the 3-point arc in the first half. They were 11-for-21 from distance the rest of the game.
What's next: The Bulls head to D.C. to face off against the Washington Wizards on Friday night.