Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points and Jimmer Fredette chipped in 17
off the bench for the Bulls, who remain tied with the Toronto
Raptors for third place with one game left. Carlos Boozer added 13
points and 12 rebounds and Tony Snell also scored 13 points for
Kyle O’Quinn scored 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting to lead the Magic,
who finished out their road schedule with an NBA-worst 4-37 mark.
Andrew Nicholson scored 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting off the bench
and Arron Afflalo scored 13 for Orlando.
Butler and Gibson scored four points apiece during a 10-0 run early
in the second that left the Bulls on top 38-26, and they increased
the advantage to 13 points at the half. The Magic took off on a 13-3
burst through the middle of the third to pull within 64-61 but
Chicago scored nine of the final 11 points in the period to take an
81-70 lead into the fourth.
Noah’s jumper with 7:31 left capped a 12-4 burst and pushed the
Bulls’ advantage to 94-77. Back-to-back baskets by Fredette gave
Chicago an 18-point lead with 2:43 left and Orlando never mounted
much of a challenge.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Bulls need a win and a Toronto loss on Wednesday
because the Raptors hold the tiebreaker by virtue of winning the
Atlantic Division. … Chicago G D.J. Augustin (personal reasons)
missed the game and is day-to-day. … Fredette played 31 minutes
after paying a total of 25 in 22 previous games since joining the
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