Grades: Chicago Bulls 128, Orlando Magic 125 (3 OT) | Magic Basketball



Jan 16

Grades: Chicago Bulls 128, Orlando Magic 125 (3 OT)

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Chicago Bulls 128 Final
Recap | Box Score
125 Orlando Magic

Victor Oladipo
15-24 FG | 4-5 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 35 PTS | +9

This was Oladipo’s best game as a pro. Far better than his triple-double performance against the Philadelphia 76ers on December 3, considering the quality of competition. It’s not every day that you see Jimmy Butler (an elite defender) get torched defensively, but that’s what happened. There were times when Butler looked completely overwhelmed trying to defend Oladipo off the dribble. To say Oladipo took advantage would be an understatement.

Jameer Nelson
13-30 FG | 3-13 3P | 6 REB | 10 AST | 31 PTS | -3

Whipping out the “Big Balls Dance” (patented by Sam Cassell), after making a midrange jumper to tie things up at 101 apiece with 11.2 seconds left in regulation, resulted in a $15,000 fine for Nelson. It would have been worth it had the Magic won. Instead, the celebration serves as nothing more than a footnote from a wild and crazy game.

Tobias Harris
10-16 FG | 1-3 3P | 16 REB | 2 AST | 22 PTS | +5

Unlike his other Magic teammates, Harris put up big numbers but did so in quiet fashion. He refrained from chucking up jumpers and instead attacked the rim, doing so with great success, just like Oladipo and Nelson. And with Nikola Vucevic out, Harris picked up the slack in the rebounding department, though he had trouble — at times — keeping Joakim Noah off the offensive glass.

Glen Davis
7-18 FG | 1-3 3P | 9 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -1

You have to wonder what goes through Big Baby’s head sometimes. With Orlando trailing 126-125 in triple overtime, Augustin missed a layup with 10.9 seconds left that would have extended the Bulls’ lead to three. Nelson raced down the court and passed the ball to Davis, who proceeded to shoot a 3-pointer and have it partially blocked by Butler, resulting in an air ball. Why take that shot?

Chicago Bulls

There was a point in the third quarter when it looked like Chicago was going to suffer an embarrassing blowout loss to the Magic. Kyle O’Quinn just went coast-to-coast for a layup off a steal to extend Orlando’s lead to 15. But the Bulls, stubborn as they are, never gave up and got themselves a hard-earned road victory in triple overtime.