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Apr 06

Grades: Chicago Bulls 87, Orlando Magic 86

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Chicago Bulls 87 Final
Recap | Box Score
86 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
8-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 15 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | 0

It was to be expected that Vucevic would rack up a double-double against a shorthanded Bulls frontline currently without the services of Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. That he did it in methodical fashion is no surprise either. He got his midrange jumpers in pick-and-pop sets or by simply spotting up on the perimeter. He got his offensive rebound putbacks. Vucevic got his.

Beno Udrih
10-17 FG | 3-5 3P | 5 REB | 7 AST | 27 PTS | +4

Udrih put on a clinic on how to play effective and efficient pick-and-roll basketball, eviscerating the Bulls’ pick-and-roll coverage. Nearly every time Udrih’s defender fought over the screen, Udrih simply pulled up for a midrange jump shot as Chicago’s big sagged back to protect the paint. And it didn’t matter when a Bulls big man would hedge the screen. Udrih would still score. He was that locked in.

Tobias Harris
5-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +2

The slump continues for Harris, who has really struggled to score since putting up a career-high 30 points against the Washington Wizards a week ago. The primary issue remains: Harris is still settling for jumpers and not attacking the rim. He should be trying to get easy buckets, or draw fouls and get to the free-throw line. Or do both.

DeQuan Jones
3-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 BLK | 2 REB | 10 PTS | -3

After Maurice Harkless sat out the second half with a sore left knee, Jones (and Doron Lamb) filled in for him. Neither played well, but Jones did have another noteworthy dunk. It was a tomahawk jam that came late in the fourth quarter, capping a 8-0 run that pulled the Magic within a single point at 87-86 with 1:33 left.

Chicago Bulls

With no Derrick Rose, Rip Hamilton, Marco Belinelli, Noah, and Gibson, head coach Tom Thibodeau has been forced to use sorcery to squeeze out wins with a shorthanded roster. And it worked against Orlando, as Nate Robinson went into hypnosis in the fourth quarter and was the main driving force behind the Bulls’ 13-4 run that ended up giving them enough cushion to hold off the Magic.

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