Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/5

Game 1: Wednesday, November 5th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 16th
Game 3: Wednesday, March 31st
Game 4: Monday, April 12th

Bulls 106

(2-3, 1-1 away)

Magic 100

(1-4, 0-4 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 5, 2003

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 28 26 24 28106
    ORL 24 34 16 26100

    Top Performers

    Chi: J. Crawford 29 Pts, 6 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl

    Orl: T. McGrady 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Three Chicago players score 20-plus points

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Chicago's Tyson Chandler couldn't help but be reminded of practice while watching his teammates rediscover their shooting touch Wednesday night against Orlando.

    "Oh man, we haven't shot this well since practice," said Chandler, who had 22 points to help the Bulls beat the Magic 106-100. "We shoot this well in practice but it seems like when the lights come on, those balls don't fall."

    Chicago was shooting anything but lights out heading into the game, shooting 31.8 percent. Coach Bill Cartwright summed up his satisfaction over his team's 54.2 shooting percentage against Orlando with the simplest of words: "It's nice when the ball goes in the basket."

    Donyell Marshall had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Jamal Crawford scored 29 points as the Bulls handing the Magic their fourth straight loss.

    Orlando led 69-62 late in the third quarter, but the Bulls tied the game at 72 on a dunk by Crawford. Marshall put Chicago in the lead for good with a layup on the Bulls' next possession.

    Chicago also got nine rebounds from Chandler, and Jalen Rose had 10 points and five assists. Tracy McGrady led Orlando with 23 points, but only one in the fourth quarter. Tyronn Lue added 19 points, Juwan Howard 14 and Drew Gooden 13.

    McGrady is having difficulty playing against zone defenses, such as what Chicago presented him.

    "To me, it's frustrating because I love to entertain," said McGrady, who has hit 38.6 percent of his shots. "I mean, you play a zone on me like that and I don't know if you guys (in the media) realize that or the fans realize that, but my job is real tough when a team zones up on us. I can't do anything."

    Like the Bulls, Orlando shot considerably better than its season average of 35.3 by making 46 percent. But the Magic missed 15 of 22 in the third quarter while the Bulls made 12 of 23.

    Lue's jump shot with 1:13 left in the game closed Chicago's lead to 101-99, but Rose responded with a 3-pointer on the Bulls' next possession to put them up by five with 41.3 seconds remaining. Howard made one of two free throws to make it 104-100, but Crawford was fouled with 25.9 seconds left and made both of his.

    "The big thing is that we really had some guys find themselves tonight," Cartwright said. "I started Donyell Marshall and he stepped up huge. Jamal as well. The big thing was our effort and intensity and how we competed was just wonderful."

    All the Orlando losses at home, but Coach Doc Rivers remains adamant that his team will turn things around.

    "This is getting old," Rivers said. "I'm going to repeat it: we're not obviously very good right now, but we're going to be there. We're going to keep working on it and we're going to get better."

    Crawford was 6-of-8 from the field for 15 first-half points. Marshall had 12 and Chandler 10. Orlando was paced by McGrady with 19 on 8-of-16 shooting.

    Game notes

    Orlando's Gordan Giricek missed his third consecutive game with a strained right arch. ... Zaza Pachulia, a rookie from Turkey, made his NBA debut. He finished with seven points and six rebounds ... Chicago's Scottie Pippen (sore left knee) did not travel with the team. ... The Bulls had 20 fast-break points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 106 100
    FGM-FGA 39-72 (.542) 40-87 (.460)
    3PM-3PA 5-11 (.455) 6-15 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 23-25 (.920) 14-20 (.700)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-33 14-36
    Assists 21 21
    Turnovers 13 15
    Steals 8 5
    Blocks 7 4
    Fast Break Points 9 0
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (3/0) 21 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Jamal Crawford Crawford
    Points: 29
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 23
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0