The Orlando Magic played one of their best games of the regular season and were able to defeat the Chicago Bulls by the score of 107-78, winning their season-high fifth consecutive game of the year. For the Magic, they blew the game wide-open by halftime after putting up a 33-15 margin in the second quarter. Orlando was led by a balanced attack, as five players scored in double-figures. The Magic’s starting backcourt was excellent, as Jameer Nelson finished with 24 points, nine assists, and two steals while outplaying Derrick Rose head-to-head, while Vince Carter had 22 points and six rebounds. Dwight Howard had another pedestrian game for his standards, chipping in with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocks. Rashard Lewis had 13 points before leaving the game early with a left knee injury (it’s not considered serious). And once again, Brandon Bass contributed off the bench with 17 points.
This was a weird game.
J.J. Redick had to sit out with a stomach flu and unfortunately for Orlando, a virus that has been going around the team had Mickael Pietrus vomiting in the second quarter. With Redick and Pietrus absent, the Magic were short-handed on wing players which resulted in extended minutes for Quentin Richardson, Chris Duhon, and Carter to shore up part of the rotation.