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Bulls use strong second half to beat Magic 105-83

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) For one night at least, the rebuilding project for the Chicago Bulls looked pretty good.

Justin Holiday scored 19 points, Robin Lopez had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bulls beat the Orlando Magic 105-83 on Friday.

Chicago had seven players score in double figures in its first road win of the season. David Nwaba had 16 points, and rookie Lauri Markkanen made three 3-pointers on his way to 13 points.

''There are going to be games where you progress and games you regress and this was progress for us,'' Lopez said. ''We did a great job of playing team defense and everyone having each other's backs. We have guys who are willing to sacrifice for each other in order for the team to grow.''

Evan Fournier led Orlando with 21 points, and Nikola Vucevic had 14 points. Aaron Gordon added 11 points and seven rebounds.

The Magic led 45-44 at halftime, but the Bulls pulled away with a big second half.

Lopez scored each of his 11 points in the third as Chicago outscored Orlando 29-15 in the period. Denzel Valentine hit three big 3-pointers to help the Bulls close it out in the fourth.

''I was really happy with the way we came out, the energy, the intensity at the defensive end,'' Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "This team has been scoring it as well as anybody in the league, to hold this team to 38 points in the second half, showed how locked in our guys were.''

Valentine and Kris Dunn each scored 11 points for Chicago, which shot 14 for 29 from 3-point range. Fellow reserve Paul Zipser had 10 points.

Orlando played without D.J. Augustin and Elfrid Payton due to injuries, leaving Shelvin Mack as their only true point guard. Jonathon Simmons also played some point with Augustin and Payton out.

''Yeah, it's a factor,'' Magic coach Frank Vogel said. ''It hurts your rhythm a little bit but it's not an excuse.''

The Magic shot 40.7 percent (35 for 86) from the field, including a 10-for-35 performance from behind the arc.

REVERSAL OF FORTUNES

The Magic came into the game with the NBA's best 3-point shooting percentages on offense (.442) and on defense (.283). The Bulls were 28th in 3-point shooting coming into the game.

QUOTABLE

''We're putting in a lot of work to get better every day and today we took a big step forward,'' Holiday said. ''Hopefully, we'll see how we show up tomorrow.''

TIP-INS

Bulls: Led by Lopez, the Bulls enjoyed a 48-38 rebounding advantage. Markkanen finished with nine boards. ... The Bulls outscored the Magic 24-10 in the paint in the second half.

Magic: Augustin strained his left hamstring during the second quarter of Wednesday night's win at Memphis. Payton is close to returning from a hamstring injury that has sidelined him since Oct. 20.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Host the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.

Magic: Host the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

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Key Players
R. Lopez
42 C
A. Gordon
00 F
31.0 Min. Per Game 31.0
20.7 Pts. Per Game 20.7
2.3 Ast. Per Game 2.3
8.7 Reb. Per Game 8.7
50.5 Field Goal % 54.3
51.3 Three Point % 56.3
90.9 Free Throw % 73.9
  Jonathan Isaac missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:04
  Defensive rebound by Mario Hezonja 0:15
  Denzel Valentine missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:19
  Defensive rebound by Paul Zipser 0:37
  Mario Hezonja missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:42
+ 3 Paul Zipser made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cristiano Felicio 0:55
+ 3 Mario Hezonja made 3-pt. jump shot 1:08
  Defensive rebound by Jonathan Isaac 1:23
  Kay Felder missed jump shot 1:23
  Defensive rebound by Denzel Valentine 1:29
  Jonathan Isaac missed jump shot 1:32
Team Stats
Points 105 83
Field Goals 40-85 (47.1%) 35-86 (40.7%)
3-Pointers 14-29 (48.3%) 10-35 (28.6%)
Free Throws 11-12 (91.7%) 3-5 (60.0%)
Total Rebounds 56 43
Offensive 9 7
Defensive 39 31
Team 8 5
Assists 23 23
Steals 6 6
Blocks 2 2
Turnovers 14 16
Fouls 13 11
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
21 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Bulls 2-5 28162932105
home team logo Magic 6-3 2619152383
Team Stats
away team logo Bulls 2-5 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Magic 6-3 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
J. Holiday G 12.2 PPG 4.0 RPG 2.1 APG 37.1 FG%
E. Fournier F 17.8 PPG 3.2 RPG 2.9 APG 45.9 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Holiday G 19 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
E. Fournier F 21 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
47.1 FG% 40.7
48.3 3PT FG% 28.6
91.7 FT% 60.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Holiday 28 19 2 1 2 0 1 1 7/12 2/6 3/3 0 2 24 +14
D. Nwaba 35 16 5 1 2 1 0 3 7/12 0/2 2/3 0 5 26 +21
L. Markkanen 28 13 9 3 0 0 2 1 5/10 3/4 0/0 2 7 26 +12
R. Lopez 28 11 10 2 0 1 2 2 5/11 0/0 1/1 3 7 24 +14
J. Grant 21 7 5 6 0 0 1 0 1/6 0/0 5/5 1 4 23 +14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Holiday 28 19 2 1 2 0 1 1 7/12 2/6 3/3 0 2 24 +14
D. Nwaba 35 16 5 1 2 1 0 3 7/12 0/2 2/3 0 5 26 +21
L. Markkanen 28 13 9 3 0 0 2 1 5/10 3/4 0/0 2 7 26 +12
R. Lopez 28 11 10 2 0 1 2 2 5/11 0/0 1/1 3 7 24 +14
J. Grant 21 7 5 6 0 0 1 0 1/6 0/0 5/5 1 4 23 +14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Valentine 23 11 4 4 1 0 0 1 4/8 3/6 0/0 0 4 24 +7
K. Dunn 24 11 2 2 0 0 4 3 4/9 3/5 0/0 0 2 13 +5
P. Zipser 21 10 4 2 0 0 2 0 4/10 2/5 0/0 0 4 16 +13
C. Felicio 19 4 7 1 0 0 2 1 2/4 0/0 0/0 3 4 11 +8
Q. Pondexter 5 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 0 6 -1
K. Felder 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +3
N. Mirotic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. LaVine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Arcidiacono - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 105 48 23 6 2 14 13 40/85 14/29 11/12 9 39 193 +110
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Fournier 33 21 5 3 1 0 3 3 9/17 1/5 2/2 0 5 30 -17
N. Vucevic 28 14 3 2 1 0 5 2 6/11 2/3 0/0 0 3 17 -11
A. Gordon 29 11 7 2 1 0 2 2 4/10 3/5 0/0 1 6 21 -13
T. Ross 26 5 3 0 1 0 0 0 2/7 1/3 0/0 1 2 9 -15
S. Mack 21 2 5 8 1 0 1 2 1/8 0/3 0/0 1 4 23 -14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Fournier 33 21 5 3 1 0 3 3 9/17 1/5 2/2 0 5 30 -17
N. Vucevic 28 14 3 2 1 0 5 2 6/11 2/3 0/0 0 3 17 -11
A. Gordon 29 11 7 2 1 0 2 2 4/10 3/5 0/0 1 6 21 -13
T. Ross 26 5 3 0 1 0 0 0 2/7 1/3 0/0 1 2 9 -15
S. Mack 21 2 5 8 1 0 1 2 1/8 0/3 0/0 1 4 23 -14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Hezonja 9 8 3 2 0 0 0 0 3/5 2/4 0/0 1 2 15 +3
J. Isaac 21 8 2 1 0 0 1 1 4/10 0/2 0/0 0 2 11 -7
J. Simmons 24 6 3 3 0 1 3 0 3/6 0/3 0/1 0 3 13 -8
M. Speights 7 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 1/4 1/4 0/0 1 0 5 -6
A. Afflalo 18 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/5 0/3 0/0 0 1 3 -11
W. Iwundu 7 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 0 5 -6
B. Biyombo 11 1 4 0 1 1 0 1 0/1 0/0 1/2 1 3 7 -5
D. Augustin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Artis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Payton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Birch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 83 38 23 6 2 16 11 35/86 10/35 3/5 7 31 159 -110