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Magic Collapse Late, Fall Short in Chicago

2012 November 6
by Brian Serra

They fought hard for 3 quarters in Chicago, but in the end the undermanned Orlando Magic squad suffered their first loss of the season. Minus Jameer Nelson for the second straight game, the Magic lost to the Bulls 99-93. Orlando led by 1 after 3 quarters before Chicago caught fire (too soon?)  in the 4th, outscoring the Magic 31-23.

The Magic were led on the night by Arron Afflalo’s 28 points (28/5/5) and E’Twaun Moore’s career high 17 points.  Nik Vucevic and Glen Davis both put up 16 points and each grabbed 10 rebounds, but it was a completely different Big Baby than the Magic had seen in the first two nights.

Davis struggled with his shot all night and was often forcing his shots and dominating the ball, rather than having the ball flow to him through the offense. At one point BBD was 4-17 from the field and by my count, had at least 5 of his shots blocked near the rim. With Glen it is never a question of effort, but tonight he just didn’t have it together. The icing on the cake for his forgetful night came with the Magic trailing by just 4 points and 54 seconds left on the clock.  After receiving a pass at the top of the key, Davis chucked a 3-point shot with 14+ second left on the shot clock. The bee-lined brick was never close and Chicago secured the rebound and the win. Tonight, Big Baby did not turn it up.

Chicago was led by Luol Deng’s 23 points and former Gator star Joakim Noah’s 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks.

The Magic are back in action tomorrow night in Minnesota with game time set for 8PM EST. The 82-0 dream is dead.

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