The Magic and Nikola Vucevic failed to replicate their superb performance from the previous night as Chicago Bulls defeat the Magic 118-92 on Saturday night.
The Magic now head out for a brutal four game road trip out West,starting with the Portland Trailblazers on Tuesday night.
Orlando was missing its starting shooting guard EvanFournier who was a late scratch to the lineup due to back spasms. Dwayne Bacon took Evan’s place in the starting 5.
The Bulls came out firing, Zack Lavine continuing his impressive play of the fourth quarter in Friday nights game. However the Magic kept pace and the teams were tied at 31 after the first 12 minutes.
OFFENSE GOES MISSING
Between the second and third quarter the Magic’s offense spluttered and Chicago were able to take advantage. The Bulls outscored Orlando 64-33 between the second and third frame giving the Magic a mountain to climb heading into the fourth quarter.
MORE BAMBA PLEASE
With the Magic looking unlikely to mount any sort of a come back, Coach Clifford decided to give the reserves including Mo Bamba and Frank Mason III some time on court.
Mo Bamba did not disappoint and took his opportunity, registering 14 points on 7/8 shooting, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 1 assist in 12 minutes. Mason was also very productive registering 10 points in his second game as a member of the Magic.
NOT ENOUGH OFFENSE
Whilst the Magic were able to register 6 players in double figures the team simply could not keep up with Zach Lavine and the Bulls. Lavine registered 39 point for the Bulls in their winning effort as the Bulls ran out winners by a score of 118-92.
This was the first time this season that Chicago were able to keep an opponent below 100 points.
PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS
Geraint, Mikey and Paul will be joined by host of The Sixth Man Show podcast and Magic fan Jonathan Osborne, on this weeks episode.
We’ll be recapping games against the Raptors and Bulls, preview next weeks West Coast road trip and discuss career night for Vucevic