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
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.
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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