Rapid Reaction: Bulls 96, Magic 94

January, 2, 2013
1/02/13
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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ORLANDO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls pulled out a 96-94 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night at Amway Center.

How it happened: Carlos Boozer had a season-high 31 points and 11 rebounds as the Bulls scratched out a close one. Taj Gibson played his best game of the season, scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Luol Deng added 23 points.

What it means: Playing without Joakim Noah (flu-like symptoms), the Bulls did just enough to sneak out of Orlando with a win. Boozer and Gibson played their best games of the year and combined with Deng to give the Bulls all the offense they would need. Tom Thibodeau isn't going to be happy with the way his team played down the stretch, almost blowing an 18-point lead, but after the way the Bulls played over the past two weeks he will take it.

Hits: Jameer Nelson had 32 points for the Magic in a losing effort.

Misses: Kirk Hinrich was just 2-for-9 from the field.

Stat of the night: The Bulls turned the ball over just six times.

What's next: The Bulls take on the Miami Heat on Friday night.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
21.6 3.2 1.6 39.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 10.5
AssistsD. Rose 5.0
StealsJ. Butler 1.6
BlocksP. Gasol 2.3