The Orlando Magic responded from their embarrassing loss to the Charlotte Bobcats in a big way on Thursday night, scoring a huge road win over the Chicago Bulls. The Magic led by eight heading into the final period, but the Bulls, widely regarded as the best defensive team in the league, turned up the pressure and eventually re-took the lead with two minutes to play. But Orlando would answer and close the game on a 10-3 run to seal the 99-94 win.
Dwight Howard had a dominating game for Orlando, ending with a double-double in the first half alone. He finished the game with 29 points and 18 rebounds. Most notably, Dwight was seven of ten at the free-throw line to help carry the Magic to perhaps their biggest win of the season. Jason Richardson had another good game for the Magic, scoring 18 points and hitting four of six attempts from three-point range. Ryan Anderson joined Howard with a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing ten boards.
On defense, the Magic held reigning MVP Derrick Rose to just six of 22 from the field. After three straight on the road this week, the Magic now have two days off before a home game against the Paces on Sunday evening.