Nikola Vucevic, Victor Oladipo Lead Orlando Magic to Win Over Chicago Bulls


Jan 12, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) goes up for a basket against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Nikola Vucevic and Victor Oladipo each scored 33 points as the Orlando Magic beat the Chicago Bulls 121-114 Monday night at the United Center.

Vucevic also added 11 rebounds but the highlight of the night was his dunk on Pau Gasol, a slam that will be a contender for the dunk of the year.

Elfrid Payton also chipped in with 10 points, seven assists and four rebounds for the Magic (14-27), who snapped their six-game losing streak.

Gasol had 28 points and 14 boards for Chicago (26-13), while Derrick Rose added 18 points and Jimmy Butler had 17.

The Magic, who were without Tobias Harris and Evan Fournier, shot 59 per cent from the floor.

Orlando opened an eight-point lead after the first quarter and took a 63-55 lead into the break. The Magic outscored Chicago 30-27 in the third to take a commanding 15-point lead into the fourth and managed to hold off a late Bulls charge.

Maurice Harkless and Willie Green, who have both been used sparingly in the last month, both played considerable minutes due to the Harris and Fournier injuries.

When the Magic scores 100 points in a game this season, they are 6-1. Orlando, who sit 3.5 games back of the eighth and final playoff spot, open a three-game home stand Wednesday when they host the Houston Rockets.