Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/29

Game 1: Tuesday, November 29th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 7th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 28th
Game 4: Monday, April 17th

Bulls 102

(9-8, 5-5 away)

Magic 93

(7-11, 4-6 home)

    Coverage: CSNC

    7:00 PM ET, December 7, 2005

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 20 24 35 23102
    ORL 22 29 17 2593

    Top Performers

    Chi: L. Deng 22 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Orl: D. Howard 17 Pts, 16 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk

    Pargo scores 16 of his 23 in second half of Bulls' win 

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls watch Jannero Pargo in practice, so it didn't surprise them when the seldom-used guard came off the bench to spark a victory over the Orlando Magic.

    "He's done it before, so we have experience with him sitting over there for long periods of time and coming in and getting hot," coach Scott Skiles said after the third-year pro scored a season-high 23 points in a 102-93 win Wednesday night.

    "There are times when he doesn't get hot and times when he does. When he does, he can really get it done. His performance tonight was a huge factor in the game."

    Luol Deng also made a key contribution off the bench with 22 points on 8-for-16 shooting and 10 rebounds.

    Getting more playing time in the absence of Kirk Hinrich, who sustained a concussion when he took an elbow to the face from Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki on Monday night, Pargo was 9-of-13, including 5-of-8 on 3-point attempts.

    "This league is all about opportunities," said Pargo, who had only appeared in four games before Wednesday night.

    "I haven't been playing in the games, but I have been playing in practice. I have been coming in early and staying late, working on my shot and working on my game. I had an opportunity to come out and show it, and I took advantage of it."

    The Bulls, who snapped a two-game losing streak, put away the game with an 11-1 run after the Magic trimmed an 11-point deficit to 86-82 with just over 5 minutes to go. The closest Orlando got after that was seven in the final minute.

    Dwight Howard had 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic, who have lost five straight by an average of 17 points.

    Steve Francis returned after missing three games because of a bruised chest and scored 16 points, but also had six of Orlando's season-high 23 turnovers before fouling out with 1:36 left.

    "A very discouraging loss," Orlando coach Brian Hill said.

    "I thought we played pretty decent basketball in the first half, but we still had way too many turnovers. As long as we continue to the turn the ball over at the rate we're turning it over, we're not going to improve."

    Chicago trailed 51-44 at the half, but began the third quarter with a 10-0 run to take control of the game. Pargo made three 3-pointers and scored 11 points during a 20-9 surge that put the Bulls ahead 79-68 heading into the fourth quarter.

    Michael Sweetney scored 12 points and Ben Gordon and Andres Nocioni finished with 11 apiece for Chicago, which beat Orlando for the second time in eight days and fifth straight time overall. The Bulls' reserves outscored the Magic's 59-24.

    Tony Battie scored 14 points and Hedo Turkoglu had 12 for Orlando. Jameer Nelson and DeShawn Stevenson each added 10.

    "We played how we had to to win," said Skiles, who used a small lineup much of the second half because center Tyson Chandler wasn't feeling well and wound up playing less than five minutes.

    Game notes

    Pargo's career high is 34 points. ... The Bulls made 10 of 20 3-point attempts. ... Howard, who turns 20 on Thursday, has made 100 consecutive starts to begin his NBA career. ... Chicago outscored the Magic 35-17 in the third quarter to turn its seven-point halftime deficit into an 11-point lead. ... Pargo entered the game averaging 4.0 points.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 102 93
    FGM-FGA 37-78 (.474) 34-74 (.459)
    3PM-3PA 10-20 (.500) 4-15 (.267)
    FTM-FTA 18-24 (.750) 21-29 (.724)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 4-32 11-44
    Assists 24 18
    Turnovers 15 23
    Steals 12 10
    Blocks 1 5
    Fast Break Points 16 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 26 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 14 7

    Top Performers

    Luol Deng Deng
    Points: 22
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Dwight Howard Howard
    Points: 17
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 2