Deng, Bulls hand Magic first loss with 99-93 win
CHICAGO (AP) — Luol Deng scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 99-93 win over Orlando on Tuesday night, the Magic’s first loss of the season.
Deng and Nate Robinson keyed a 15-2 second-half burst when Chicago turned a five-point deficit into an eight-point lead. Robinson hit two straight jumpers to put the Bulls ahead 74-70 early in the fourth quarter.
Joakim Noah had 20 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for Chicago, while Robinson added 11 points and six assists off the bench.
Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 28 points, 19 in the second half. E’Twaun Moore added a career-high 17.
Glen Davis, who entered fourth in the NBA with 25.5 points per game, scored 16 but shot just 7 of 22 and fouled out.
Nicola Vucevic had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic, who had won three of four in Chicago.
Orlando had started the season 2-0 after trading star center Dwight Howard to the Lakers over the summer.