The Magic dominated the Bulls in just about every way Wednesday night.
The Magic outhustled, out-strategized and out-performed their foes from the Central Division essentially from the opening tip to the final buzzer.
“Tonight we just put both ends of the floor together and played a great game,” Stan Van Gundy said.
Across the box score, Orlando conquered. You name the statistical categorically, the Magic basically won.
Orlando shot a blistering 10-of-21 from 3-point range and 23-of-24 from the free throw line.
Josh Cohen offers his postgame analysis here.
Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy was very pleased with the performance.
Fueled by their starting backcourt and a massive rebounding advantage, the Magic humiliated the Bulls at the United Center 107-78, leaving what remained of the announced crowd of 21,435 booing as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
“I thought this was by far against a quality opponent the best job we’ve done if you put both ends of the floor together,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said.
Hard to argue with that.
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel has that story here.
Rashard Lewis believes his left knee will be “okay.”
Since being reinserted in the rotation, Mickael Pietrus has made a big impact.
Where he is now is being one of the Magic’s most pivotal reserves once again – even though a nasty stomach bug knocked him out of Orlando’s 107-78 throttling of the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. Pietrus is expected to return Friday night when the Magic, co-leaders in the Eastern Conference at 14-4, play the Detroit Pistons (6-13) in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Just two nights ago, Pietrus showed his worth to the Magic by scoring 13 points, grabbing five rebounds, hitting three 3-pointers and swiping two steals in Orlando’s home 90-79 defeat of the Pistons in Orlando.
Pietrus’ defense on both Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton was key in the Magic allowing just 35 percent shooting and 34 points in the second half. And offensively, he nailed a 3-pointer, assisted to J.J. Redick for a 3-pointer and sank a baseline jumper late in the fourth quarter that basically sealed the win for the Magic. Pietrus was so good that the Magic were a plus-18 in point differential while he was on the floor.
John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com has that story here.
Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped says Brandon Bass and his jump shooting has been just as important.
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