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Markannen makes 2 late free throws, Bulls beat Magic 110-109

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Lauri Markkannen shooting free throws was a fitting way for the Chicago Bulls to finish off the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

After being fouled by Aaron Gordon on a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left, Markannen missed the first attempt - the Bulls' only miss of the game in 19 attempts - and made the next two for a 111-109 victory.

The Magic missed 11 of 24 free throws, two by B.J. Augustin with 34 seconds left. He went into the game as the NBA's 12th-leading free-throw shooter at 87.3 percent.

''When you look back at the game, we lost on so many things, like free throws, the fouling, the missed coverage on Markannen,'' said Evan Fournier, who led Orlando with 22 points. ''It's tough.''

The Magic came out of the All-Star break on a season-high five-game win streak. A win night would have given them their longest winning streak since a nine-game run in the middle of the 2010-11 season.

Markannen finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Zach LaVine added 22 points for the Bulls, Robin Lopez had 18 and Otto Porter Jr. 17.

''That was a lot of back and forth basketball,'' LaVine said. ''We're making a shot and they're making a shot. It's fun basketball, as long as you end up with the win.''

The Magic's streak ended because of their failures at the finish. Aside from the foul on Gordon was coach Steve Clifford's decision to keep All-Star center Nikola Vucevic on the bench after a timeout in the final minute. Bulls center Lopez promptly came up with an offensive rebound and scored, putting the Chicago up 108-106.

''I didn't see they put Lopez back in the game and we ended up too small out there and ended up giving up an offensive rebound, and that was as big a possession as the foul, as big a possession as the missed free throws,'' Clifford said. ''So nobody made a bigger mistake than I did.''

Vucevic, who finished 19 points and 13 rebounds, appreciated Clifford's candor.

''You respect when a coach comes in like that and takes accountability for a mistake. It shows he means what he says,'' Vucevic said. ''But it doesn't come down to one play. There were a lot of things we didn't do as players.'

The Bulls won their second straight, but only their fifth in the last 23 games.

''Both teams threw punches and both teams had deficits they had to overcome,'' coach Jim Boylen said. ''That's the kind of game you want to play in.''

TIP-INS

Bulls: Chicago split four games against the Magic this season.

Magic: David Steele, who called his 2,396th game as the team's radio or TV voice, was inducted as the eighth member of the Orlando Magic Hall of Fame.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Host Boston on Saturday night.

Magic: At Toronto on Sunday.

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Key Players
Z. LaVine
8 PG
N. Vucevic
9 C
31.1 Min. Per Game 31.1
20.5 Pts. Per Game 20.5
3.8 Ast. Per Game 3.8
12.1 Reb. Per Game 12.1
46.1 Field Goal % 52.2
46.4 Three Point % 52.1
86.1 Free Throw % 76.6
+ 1 Lauri Markkanen made 2nd of 3 free throws 0:00
  Lauri Markkanen missed 1st of 3 free throws 0:00
  Shooting foul on Aaron Gordon 0:00
+ 3 Evan Fournier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aaron Gordon 0:07
+ 2 Robin Lopez made dunk 0:08
  Zach LaVine missed fade-away jump shot 0:11
  D.J. Augustin missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:34
  ORL team rebound 0:34
  ORL team rebound 0:34
  Shooting foul on Kris Dunn 0:34
  Lauri Markkanen missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:54
Team Stats
Points 110 109
Field Goals 40-90 (44.4%) 41-81 (50.6%)
3-Pointers 12-29 (41.4%) 14-34 (41.2%)
Free Throws 18-19 (94.7%) 13-24 (54.2%)
Total Rebounds 44 58
Offensive 6 8
Defensive 33 38
Team 5 12
Assists 18 25
Steals 8 4
Blocks 4 6
Turnovers 8 14
Fouls 19 14
Technicals 1 1
25 PTS, 11 REB, 2 AST
19 PTS, 13 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Bulls 15-44 24273821110
home team logo Magic 27-33 26272927109
Team Stats
away team logo Bulls 15-44 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Magic 27-33 93.0 PPG 46.5 RPG 18.0 APG
Key Players
L. Markkanen PF PPG RPG APG FG%
E. Fournier SG 13.0 PPG 3.5 RPG 2.5 APG 36.7 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Markkanen PF 25 PTS 11 REB 2 AST
E. Fournier SG 22 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
44.4 FG% 50.6
41.4 3PT FG% 41.2
94.7 FT% 54.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Markkanen 25 11 2 8/21 4/10 5/6 4 37 1 0 1 0 11 +2 40
Z. LaVine 22 4 6 6/14 5/6 5/5 1 33 2 0 2 1 3 +3 38
R. Lopez 18 6 1 8/13 0/0 2/2 2 31 0 3 0 3 3 -3 29
O. Porter Jr. 17 5 4 6/15 3/6 2/2 3 37 1 1 1 0 5 +10 31
K. Dunn 8 3 2 4/9 0/2 0/0 1 29 1 0 2 0 3 -1 14
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Markkanen 25 11 2 8/21 4/10 5/6 4 37 1 0 1 0 11 +2 40
Z. LaVine 22 4 6 6/14 5/6 5/5 1 33 2 0 2 1 3 +3 38
R. Lopez 18 6 1 8/13 0/0 2/2 2 31 0 3 0 3 3 -3 29
O. Porter Jr. 17 5 4 6/15 3/6 2/2 3 37 1 1 1 0 5 +10 31
K. Dunn 8 3 2 4/9 0/2 0/0 1 29 1 0 2 0 3 -1 14
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
S. Harrison 8 4 0 3/4 0/0 2/2 0 13 3 0 1 1 3 -2 14
W. Selden Jr. 6 4 2 2/7 0/3 2/2 0 24 0 0 0 0 4 -3 14
R. Arcidiacono 4 1 1 2/3 0/1 0/0 4 19 0 0 0 0 1 +4 7
C. Felicio 2 1 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 3 7 0 0 1 1 0 -4 2
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0
D. Valentine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Sampson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Alkins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Carter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Hutchison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 110 39 18 40/90 12/29 18/19 19 235 8 4 8 6 33 +5 189
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
E. Fournier 22 3 5 8/17 3/10 3/3 2 37 0 0 2 0 3 -12 33
N. Vucevic 19 13 7 9/16 0/1 1/4 3 28 2 2 2 4 9 +4 48
A. Gordon 17 5 4 7/14 2/7 1/4 2 32 0 3 4 0 5 -7 29
D. Augustin 14 5 5 5/9 4/5 0/2 0 27 0 0 2 2 3 +1 27
J. Isaac 4 3 0 1/6 1/2 1/2 1 31 2 0 1 0 3 -8 8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
E. Fournier 22 3 5 8/17 3/10 3/3 2 37 0 0 2 0 3 -12 33
N. Vucevic 19 13 7 9/16 0/1 1/4 3 28 2 2 2 4 9 +4 48
A. Gordon 17 5 4 7/14 2/7 1/4 2 32 0 3 4 0 5 -7 29
D. Augustin 14 5 5 5/9 4/5 0/2 0 27 0 0 2 2 3 +1 27
J. Isaac 4 3 0 1/6 1/2 1/2 1 31 2 0 1 0 3 -8 8
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Ross 15 7 1 5/11 4/8 1/1 0 26 0 0 1 0 7 +6 23
I. Briscoe 10 2 3 3/5 0/1 4/6 0 20 0 0 1 0 2 0 17
K. Birch 6 5 0 2/2 0/0 2/2 4 16 0 1 0 2 3 0 12
W. Iwundu 2 3 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 19 0 0 1 0 3 +11 4
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Grant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Caupain - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bamba - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 109 46 25 41/81 14/34 13/24 14 236 4 6 14 8 38 -5 201