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Vucevic leads Magic to 112-84 rout of Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) Nikola Vucevic and the Orlando Magic had no trouble finding motivation Wednesday night.

A loss in Chicago less than two weeks ago and a blowout defeat only two days ago was all the incentive they needed.

Vucevic had 22 points and 12 rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter, Aaron Gordon added 18 points and a career-high nine assists, and the Magic led the entire way in a 112-84 rout of the Chicago Bulls.

Terrence Ross scored 15 off the bench and Evan Fournier had 13 points and seven assists for Orlando, which has won three of four. The Magic shot 58 percent from the field and had 31 assists on 44 field goals.

Orlando coach Steve Clifford sensed a special performance was coming at the morning shootaround.

''When we walked out, I told a couple of the coaches, `I don't know if we're going to win, but we're going to play well,''' Clifford said. ''We were very focused in the shootaround and you could tell we were going to have great energy.''

Zach LaVine had 16 points while Lauri Markkanen and Kris Dunn added 14 apiece for Chicago, which has dropped two straight after winning three of four.

''I can't imagine what it looked like on TV - it felt even worse in the game,'' LaVine said. ''I can't figure that out. We have to try to figure that out on our own.''

It was the third game between the teams since Dec. 13. The Magic have won two, including 97-91 in Mexico City.

Chicago held Orlando to 80 points in a 10-point win Dec. 21 when the teams met at the United Center. It was the Magic's second-lowest point total of the season, but it was apparent early on things would be different this time.

Orlando charged out to a 32-16 advantage after the first quarter and took a 62-45 halftime lead. Gordon and Ross led the way with 12 first-half points apiece on 11-for-15 combined shooting. Vucevic added 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting.

The Magic were 25 for 39 (64 percent) from the floor in the first half, including 7 of 12 on 3-pointers.

Things didn't get any better for Chicago. The Magic started the third quarter with 11 straight points to stretch the margin to 73-45.

Orlando's advantage was 90-62 entering the fourth period behind Vucevic's 11 points in the third.

The closest Chicago got in the fourth was 94-71. It was a far cry from its 125-100 loss Monday at Charlotte.

''The guys were disappointed with the way we played in Charlotte,'' Clifford said. ''That's the best all-around game we've played in a while. The ball movement was good, and I thought, for the most part, our defense was really good.''

TIP-INS

Magic: G D.J. Augustin (sprained right ankle) returned after missing the previous game. He had 10 points in 25 minutes. ... Timofey Mozgov (sore right knee) and Jonathon Simmons (sprained left ankle) didn't play.

Bulls: F Bobby Portis (sprained right ankle) missed his sixth straight game but is close to returning. ''We're hoping he responds well to today's workout and has a contact practice (Thursday),'' coach Jim Boylen said. ''We'll see how that goes.''

STUFFING THE STAT SHEET

Had the game been closer, Gordon, who had seven rebounds, might have been able to get his first career triple-double. Instead, he sat out the final four minutes. ''That's cool,'' he said. ''I'm not going to chase stats.''

ROOKIE WALL?

Chicago rookie Wendell Carter Jr. was scoreless (0 for 5) with one rebound in 13 minutes. ''I didn't come out with the correct edge for myself,'' Carter said. ''I've just got to bring out a better edge every time we play.''

COAST TO COAST

This was the second of a six-game, 10-day road trip in which Orlando will play in all four time zones in the continental United States.

''The next four games are going to be really hard,'' Fournier said. ''Tonight was really great for us and hopefully it gives us confidence.''

UP NEXT

Magic: At the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

Bulls: Host the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

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Key Players
N. Vucevic
9 C
Z. LaVine
8 PG
34.7 Min. Per Game 34.7
23.5 Pts. Per Game 23.5
4.5 Ast. Per Game 4.5
4.5 Reb. Per Game 4.5
53.2 Field Goal % 45.2
53.0 Three Point % 44.8
78.1 Free Throw % 86.7
  ORL team rebound 0:23
  Antonio Blakeney missed jump shot 0:26
+ 2 Isaiah Briscoe made driving layup 0:38
  Traveling violation turnover on Chandler Hutchison 0:58
  Lost ball turnover on Wesley Iwundu, stolen by Shaquille Harrison 1:01
  Traveling violation turnover on Shaquille Harrison 1:15
  CHI team rebound 1:24
  Cameron Payne missed driving layup 1:24
+ 2 Antonio Blakeney made jump shot 1:51
  Defensive rebound by Cameron Payne 1:58
+ 2 Antonio Blakeney made driving layup, assist by Chandler Hutchison 2:23
Team Stats
Points 112 84
Field Goals 44-76 (57.9%) 36-86 (41.9%)
3-Pointers 11-26 (42.3%) 7-20 (35.0%)
Free Throws 13-18 (72.2%) 5-8 (62.5%)
Total Rebounds 49 41
Offensive 4 5
Defensive 37 27
Team 8 9
Assists 31 18
Steals 5 8
Blocks 9 0
Turnovers 13 11
Fouls 10 17
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 12 REB, 3 AST
K. Dunn PG 32
14 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Magic 17-20 32302822112
home team logo Bulls 10-28 1629172284
Team Stats
away team logo Magic 17-20 92.0 PPG 43.4 RPG 19.0 APG
home team logo Bulls 10-28 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
N. Vucevic C 20.8 PPG 12.0 RPG 3.8 APG 51.8 FG%
Z. LaVine PG 23.7 PPG 4.7 RPG 4.5 APG 46.7 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Vucevic C 22 PTS 12 REB 3 AST
Z. LaVine PG 16 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
57.9 FG% 41.9
42.3 3PT FG% 35.0
72.2 FT% 62.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Vucevic 22 12 3 10/15 1/1 1/3 2 26 2 3 2 2 10 +22 43
A. Gordon 18 7 9 8/14 0/3 2/3 1 37 0 1 1 0 7 +21 43
E. Fournier 13 1 7 5/10 3/6 0/0 2 30 0 0 2 0 1 +11 26
D. Augustin 10 2 6 4/7 1/4 1/2 1 25 1 0 2 0 2 +17 23
J. Isaac 7 3 0 2/5 1/2 2/2 0 25 1 2 1 0 3 +16 12
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Vucevic 22 12 3 10/15 1/1 1/3 2 26 2 3 2 2 10 +22 43
A. Gordon 18 7 9 8/14 0/3 2/3 1 37 0 1 1 0 7 +21 43
E. Fournier 13 1 7 5/10 3/6 0/0 2 30 0 0 2 0 1 +11 26
D. Augustin 10 2 6 4/7 1/4 1/2 1 25 1 0 2 0 2 +17 23
J. Isaac 7 3 0 2/5 1/2 2/2 0 25 1 2 1 0 3 +16 12
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Ross 15 6 2 6/9 3/4 0/0 1 24 1 0 2 0 6 +14 24
M. Bamba 10 5 0 4/7 0/1 2/3 1 19 0 3 2 2 3 +10 16
J. Grant 6 2 2 2/4 2/3 0/0 0 18 0 0 0 0 2 +10 12
W. Iwundu 6 2 1 1/2 0/1 4/4 2 21 0 0 1 0 2 +16 9
J. Martin 3 0 0 1/1 0/0 1/1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 +1 3
I. Briscoe 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 +1 2
T. Caupain 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 +1 3
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Birch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Simmons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 112 41 31 44/76 11/26 13/18 10 234 5 9 13 4 37 +140 216
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
Z. LaVine 16 3 3 6/10 0/1 4/5 1 28 0 0 2 0 3 -20 23
K. Dunn 14 3 4 6/12 1/2 1/1 2 27 3 0 2 0 3 -19 26
L. Markkanen 14 6 1 6/12 2/3 0/0 1 28 2 0 1 2 4 -15 23
J. Holiday 3 4 1 1/7 1/5 0/0 2 26 0 0 0 0 4 -19 9
W. Carter Jr. 0 1 0 0/5 0/0 0/0 3 13 0 0 1 0 1 -21 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
Z. LaVine 16 3 3 6/10 0/1 4/5 1 28 0 0 2 0 3 -20 23
K. Dunn 14 3 4 6/12 1/2 1/1 2 27 3 0 2 0 3 -19 26
L. Markkanen 14 6 1 6/12 2/3 0/0 1 28 2 0 1 2 4 -15 23
J. Holiday 3 4 1 1/7 1/5 0/0 2 26 0 0 0 0 4 -19 9
W. Carter Jr. 0 1 0 0/5 0/0 0/0 3 13 0 0 1 0 1 -21 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Blakeney 11 4 1 5/12 1/1 0/2 0 24 0 0 1 0 4 -10 16
S. Harrison 11 3 2 5/14 1/4 0/0 0 26 3 0 2 1 2 -1 19
C. Hutchison 6 2 2 3/5 0/1 0/0 2 21 0 0 1 0 2 -9 11
R. Arcidiacono 5 2 3 2/4 1/3 0/0 3 15 0 0 1 0 2 -13 12
C. Felicio 4 0 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 -3 4
R. Lopez 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 15 0 0 0 2 1 -10 3
C. Payne 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
D. Valentine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Portis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Sampson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Alkins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 84 32 18 36/86 7/20 5/8 17 235 8 0 11 5 27 -140 149