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Bulls Edge Magic
Posted By Logan Williams On Jan 2 2013 @ 11:16 pm In Chicago Bulls | No Comments
The Chicago Bulls were able to improve to 17-13 on the year, including 8-5 on the road, as they defeated the Orlando Magic 96-94 Wednesday night. The Bulls were down a starter in Joakim Noah but Taj Gibson filled in admirably with 21 points, on 8-12 shooting from the floor, to go along with 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. This was easily Gibson’s best game of the year and maybe the confidence builder that he needs to turn his season around and become a key contributor off of the bench once Joakim Noah returns to action. Gibson had a very good night but he was not the lone bright star as Carlos Boozer put up 31 points with 11 rebounds and Luol Deng also had 23 points to help key the Bulls to victory over the Magic. The bench continued to struggle this game but the Bulls have to be pleased with how well they shared the ball as they had 27 assists as a team on 36 shots and also only had 6 turnovers total for the game which usually shows the Bulls took care of the ball, minimized mistakes, and thus limited fast-break opportunities.
This was a good win for the Bulls but they had trouble defending the point guard position as Jameer Nelson had 32 points and Aaron Afflalo had 19 points to combine for 51 of the 94 points for the Magic. The Bulls ultimately got the win but the defensive struggles at the guard position have to be a worry if they continue to be a problem the next couple of games because Hinrich and Hamilton are not that young so may have lost a step or two and their minutes may need to be monitored, because the Bulls are a team that plays solid defense and they need to continue to do so in the absence of Derrick Rose.
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