ORLANDO, FL – The Orlando Magic were trounced by the Chicago Bulls 118-92 at The Amway Center in Orlando, FL. The Magic, coming off of a strong that included a record 43-point scoring night be Nikola Vucevic on Friday night.
On Saturday, the Bulls were out for revenge. As with Fridays game, where forward Zach Levine scored 26, the Magic had no answer for him on Saturday, where he went on to score 39 points, including going for 6 from deep.
Vucevic returned to his normal solid contribution with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Orlando did have a bit of a resurgence from Terrence Ross, who finally got is scoring in the right direction, with 15 points.
The Magic, however, were dealt another blow with Evan Fournier pulling himself out of the starting line up, and eventually the whole game, with the return of his nagging back spasms.
Fournier missed 6 game earlier this year, and the Magic struggled in scoring without him, as well as Markelle Fultz, Jonathan Isaac, Michael Carter-Willams, and others. The Magic are literally hurting for scoring.
Chicago had a field day against the Magic, outscoring them 30-12 in the second half. Chicago at one point had a 33 point lead against Orlando.
The Magic did manage to battle back to come pithing 20 points, but it was all Chicago onSaturday night.
Denzel Valentine scored 20 points for the Bulls, followed by rookie Patrick Williams with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Coby White dropping 13 points and 7 assists.
For Orlando, Dwayne Bacon, who started for Fournier, scored 16 points, and Cole Anthony had 11 points and 5 assists.On the Bright side, rookie Chuma Okeke had rebounds and 2 blocked shots as he slowly gets used to NBA play, and Mo Bamba got some time late in the game, and scored 10 points and 7 rebounds in his 12 minutes on the floor.
The Magic head out of the road for a four game west coast road trip, visiting Portland, Golden State, Sacramento, and Phoenix. They return to The Amway Center on Wednesday February 7 at 7:00 pm