Monday, March 26, 2012

Orlando Fail to Halt Stampeding Bulls

NBA online:

Anybody who felt that the Chicago Bulls would sink without the NBA's Most Valuable Player, Derrick Rose, ought to be looking a little red in the face, this week, after the boys from Illinois grabbed another win without any help from D-Rose.

Rose has now been sidelined for four games with a sore groin. The condition is not believed to be serious – the point guard is being assessed on a day-to-day basis – but the Bulls do not want to risk exacerbating Rose's injury.

With victories over Miami, the Utah Jazz, the New York Knicks, and the Philadelphia 76ers under their collective hat, it would have been easy to see the Bulls as likely victors for last night's clash with the 29-18 Orlando.

They proved worthy of the favourites badge, pulling off a convincing 85-59 win over the Magic, with the Bulls' Carlos Boozer taking the king's ransom of points, leading the field with 24 and 13 rebounds.

John Lucas III ended on 20, while the 6ft 9in forward, Luol Deng, nabbed 14 points and two rebounds. Joakim Noah racked up nine for the Bulls, including a savage slam in the second half.

Dwight Howard topped the scoring charts for Orlando, who were wearing shirts emblazoned with the words 'El Magic' in honour of Latino fans, with 18. Ryan Anderson added 10 and Hedo Turkoglu claimed seven on a low-scoring night for the Magic.

“Tonight you saw a team playing without their star player and they did what they needed to do to win”, said Orlando's Glen Davies. “They beat us with no problem.” The Magic shot just 35% all night.

Boozer cited the Bulls' rearguard as the linchpin in their most recent win. “The real story was our defence. That was probably one of the best performances on defence we've had this season.”

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