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Bulls hand Magic first loss

The Magic’s DeQuan Jones tries to race past the Bulls’ Kirk Hinrich during the first quarter. Jones is limited to two points in 12 minutes and Orlando fades in the second half.

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The Magic’s DeQuan Jones tries to race past the Bulls’ Kirk Hinrich during the first quarter. Jones is limited to two points in 12 minutes and Orlando fades in the second half.

CHICAGO — Luol Deng scored 15 of his 23 in the second half to lead the Bulls to a 99-93 win over Orlando on Tuesday night, the Magic's first loss of the season.

Deng and Nate Robinson keyed a 15-2 second-half burst when Chicago turned a five-point deficit into an eight-point lead. Robinson hit two straight jumpers to put Chicago ahead 74-70 early in the fourth, the Bulls' first lead since midway through the third.

Former Gator Joakim Noah had 20 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for Chicago, and Robinson added 11 points and six assists off the bench. Robinson's layup with 2:35 to play put Chicago up 91-81, its biggest lead of the game.

Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 28 points, 19 in the second half. E'Twaun Moore added a career-high 17 points.

Glen Davis, who entered the game fourth in the NBA with 25.5 points per game, scored 16 but shot just 7-of-22 from the floor and fouled out.

Nicola Vucevic had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic, which had won three of its past four in Chicago entering the game.

Orlando had started 2-0, surprising many around the league after trading star center Dwight Howard to the Lakers over the summer.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Russell Westbrook shrugged off a sore shoulder to score 19, and the host Thunder cruised past the Raptors 108-88.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Hornets coach Monty Williams was fined $25,000 by the NBA for public comments criticizing the league's concussion policy. Williams made the comments Saturday night in Chicago before the Hornets faced the Bulls with first overall draft pick Anthony Davis sidelined by a mild concussion. … Bobcats starting guard Gerald Henderson could miss about 2-4 weeks with a sprained left foot. … Mavericks forward Shawn Marion will miss at least three games with a sprained left knee ligament.

Bulls 99, Magic 93

ORLANDO (93): Jones 1-2 0-0 2, Davis 7-22 2-5 16, Vucevic 5-13 6-7 16, Moore 7-13 0-0 17, Afflalo 10-17 5-5 28, Redick 4-11 0-0 10, McRoberts 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 1-5 0-0 2, Ayon 0-1 0-0 0, Nicholson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 36-86 13-17 93.

CHICAGO (99): Deng 9-16 5-6 23, Boozer 6-18 0-0 12, Noah 7-13 6-8 20, Hinrich 3-5 0-2 8, Hamilton 3-8 1-1 7, Belinelli 1-1 0-0 2, Gibson 5-9 2-3 12, Robinson 5-8 1-2 11, Mohammed 0-3 0-0 0, Butler 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 40-84 17-24 99.

Orlando 24 24 22 23— 93

Chicago 23 22 23 31— 99

3-Point GoalsOrlando 8-19 (Moore 3-4, Afflalo 3-7, Redick 2-6, Smith 0-1, Davis 0-1), Chicago 2-6 (Hinrich 2-2, Noah 0-1, Robinson 0-1, Deng 0-2). Fouled OutDavis. ReboundsOrlando 50 (Vucevic, Davis 10), Chicago 55 (Noah 9). AssistsOrlando 23 (Redick 7), Chicago 27 (Robinson 6). Total FoulsOrlando 22, Chicago 12. TechnicalsOrlando defensive three second. A21,216 (20,917).

Thunder 108, Raptors 88

TORONTO (88): Fields 1-6 1-2 3, Bargnani 5-14 3-3 16, Valanciunas 6-8 6-6 18, Lowry 1-4 0-0 2, DeRozan 2-10 4-4 8, Anderson 1-6 1-2 3, McGuire 3-4 0-0 6, Calderon 2-7 3-3 8, Johnson 1-4 0-0 2, Davis 2-4 2-3 6, Lucas 1-9 0-0 3, Ross 4-7 0-0 10, Gray 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 30-84 21-25 88.

OKLAHOMA CITY (108): Durant 4-11 6-6 15, Ibaka 8-9 1-1 17, Perkins 2-3 0-0 4, Westbrook 5-12 7-8 19, Sefolosha 4-6 0-0 11, Thabeet 2-2 6-6 10, Martin 4-9 6-7 15, Maynor 3-9 3-4 9, Collison 1-3 0-2 2, Jones 0-3 0-0 0, Jackson 1-4 0-0 3, Lamb 1-3 0-0 3, Liggins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-74 29-34 108.

Toronto 17 21 25 25— 88

Oklahoma City 30 27 28 23— 108

3-Point GoalsToronto 7-30 (Bargnani 3-6, Ross 2-3, Calderon 1-4, Lucas 1-6, Fields 0-2, DeRozan 0-2, Lowry 0-2, Anderson 0-5), Oklahoma City 9-25 (Sefolosha 3-5, Westbrook 2-4, Jackson 1-2, Lamb 1-3, Martin 1-4, Durant 1-4, Maynor 0-3). Fouled OutThabeet. ReboundsToronto 46 (Davis 9), Oklahoma City 56 (Perkins 9). AssistsToronto 16 (Lucas, Lowry 4), Oklahoma City 24 (Westbrook 8). Total FoulsToronto 24, Oklahoma City 22. TechnicalsLowry, Westbrook, Oklahoma City defensive three second. A18,203 (18,203).

Nuggets 109, Pistons 97

DETROIT (97): Prince 2-8 0-0 4, Maxiell 4-4 1-2 9, Monroe 10-20 7-7 27, Knight 1-6 0-0 2, Stuckey 5-17 5-7 17, Singler 3-5 3-4 9, Jerebko 4-8 2-2 11, Bynum 1-5 3-3 5, Drummond 3-3 0-0 7, English 2-2 0-0 6, Villanueva 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-78 21-25 97.

DENVER (109): Gallinari 3-11 0-0 8, Faried 7-10 1-3 15, Koufos 7-13 0-0 14, Lawson 3-8 8-10 15, Iguodala 6-15 2-2 17, A.Miller 2-5 4-5 8, Chandler 2-8 0-0 5, Brewer 4-11 0-0 11, McGee 7-11 2-2 16. Totals 41-92 17-22 109.

Detroit 21 30 25 21— 97

Denver 24 34 27 24— 109

3-Point GoalsDetroit 6-12 (English 2-2, Stuckey 2-6, Drummond 1-1, Jerebko 1-2, Knight 0-1), Denver 10-30 (Iguodala 3-6, Brewer 3-7, Gallinari 2-8, Chandler 1-3, Lawson 1-4, A.Miller 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 45 (Monroe 10), Denver 58 (Iguodala 10). AssistsDetroit 26 (Knight 9), Denver 23 (Lawson 9). Total FoulsDetroit 19, Denver 21. TechnicalsDenver defensive three second. A19,155 (19,155).



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