Orlando Magic Flatline In Second Half Against Bulls
The red-hot Orlando Magic were hosting the struggling Chicago Bulls on Friday night in which Orlando was looking to continue their winning streak. Orlando was coming off of a recent road where they finished 2-1 on the road. The Magic came into the game with one of the highest percentage in three-point shooting on offense and on defense. The Magic were dealing with multiple injuries in the backcourt. Magic Head Coach Frank Vogel had his work cut out for him with the multiple injuries on his roster, but his starting lineup is listed below:
Orlando started out strong in the first half as the team continued to remain hot from the perimeter. Each shot was important because, by the end of the first half, Orlando was leading Chicago 45-44. Gordon and Fournier were doing everything they could to keep themselves in the game, along with Ross stepping up and laying down some clutch shots. Coach Frank was excited for what the team was able to accomplish in the first half, yet knew they could close the game out if they amped up the pressure in the second half.
The second half started with the blow of the ref’s whistle. The Magic came out sluggish and allowed the Bulls to outscore them by 14 points in the third quarter and nine points in the fourth. Orlando was unable to rebound the ball to have a chance at any second-chance points, being out-boarded by 10, which resulted in being outscored in the paint by 14 in the second half.
Orlando was unable to regain the lead in the second half, losing the game to Chicago 105-83 at home. Orlando’s leading scorer, Fournier dropped 21 at home but did not receive enough help from his teammates to launch a comeback. Orlando fell to (6-3) and welcomes the first place Boston Celtics on Sunday, November 5th.
Be sure to watch out for the recap of this amazing matchup of the first and second place team in the Eastern Conference after the game!