Chi 29 25 28 14 96
Orl 28 18 25 23 94
Date of game: 1/2/2013

Recap: Orlando vs. Chicago

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Carlos Boozer tallied 31 points and 11 rebounds in the Chicago Bulls' 96-94 triumph over the Orlando Magic.

Luol Deng netted 23 points, while Taj Gibson added 21 points and 11 boards for the Bulls, who nearly surrendered an 18-point lead.

Jameer Nelson nailed six 3-pointers and tied a career-high with 32 points for Orlando, which has dropped seven consecutive contests.

"There was a stretch in the game where Chicago could break our spirits, but we stayed together," Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn said. "They're playing hard, but it's just not resulting into wins."

The Magic used an 11-2 run to cut the Chicago advantage to 86-84 midway through the fourth, only to see the Bulls counter with an 8-0 spurt.

Gibson had a dunk, Kirk Hinrich sunk a pair of free throws, Boozer converted a layup and Richard Hamilton nailed pull-up jumper in transition to make it 94-84 with 3:35 remaining.

The Magic responded again, though.

Triples by J.J. Redick and Aaron Afflalo, sandwiched around a Nikola Vucevic dunk, pulled the hosts within 94-92 with 46 ticks left.

Hinrich missed a jumper at the other end, but Gibson blocked Nelson's shot on Orlando's ensuing trip down the floor and Deng nailed two free throws with 4.2 ticks to play to seal the outcome.

The Bulls led 29-28 after a quarter of play, took a 54-46 edge into the break and headed into the final frame with an 82-71 cushion.

Game Notes

Chicago center Joakim Noah missed his second straight game with the flu ... The Bulls turned the ball over just seven times, while the Magic committed 12 giveaways.

Same four atop CFP with rivalry week looming

Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State are all still seated at the head of the table in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.

NASCAR News
Kahne gets three-year extension from Hendrick

Kasey Kahne will continue to drive for Hendrick Motorsports through the 2018 Sprint Cup season, signing a three-year contract extension on Thursday.

Report: RG3 benched, McCoy to start at QB for Redskins

The Washington Redskins will bench Robert Griffin III and start Colt McCoy at quarterback for Sunday's upcoming game against the Indianapolis Colts, according to a report by NFL.com.

Red Sox sign Ramirez, Sandoval

The Boston Red Sox signed star free agents Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to multi-year contracts Tuesday, announcing the deals separately in the span of about 5 1/2 hours.

Top Shelf: Time running out for Sharks' McLellan

At first glance, the San Jose Sharks appear to be a mildly disappointing team this season, but the club's record doesn't tell the whole story.

Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.