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Howard, Magic end Bulls' streak

CHICAGO — This is a win the Magic will remember for a long time.

After it squandered a second-quarter lead of 18 points and let a nine-point lead early in the fourth quarter slip away, Orlando recovered and beat the Bulls 99-94 at the United Center.

After Carlos Boozer hit a jumper to put Chicago ahead 91-89 with 2:55 to go, the Magic's Jason Richardson hurt his left leg with 2:10 to go when teammate Jameer Nelson accidentally ran into him. Richardson did not return.

Nelson and Dwight Howard connected for an alley-oop dunk on Orlando's ensuing trip down the court to tie the score, and Ryan Anderson hit a 3-pointer to put Orlando ahead 94-91. Anderson then hit a pair of free throws with 45.7 seconds left to extend the lead to five points.

Howard finished with 29 points and 18 rebounds, both game highs.

Boozer scored a team-high 26 for the Bulls, who also got 17 from Derrick Rose on 6-of-22 shooting.

With the victory, the Magic broke the Bulls' eight-game winning streak.

Also, Orlando improved its record against the league's elite teams — the Bulls, Heat, Thunder and Spurs — to 2-5 this season.

Why did the Magic win the game? Partly because it limited the Bulls' fastbreak chances. Chicago scored just four points on the break. Meanwhile the Magic, which normally plays at a glacially slow pace, scored 15.

Orlando arguably hit its high point of the night with 4:07 left in the second quarter.

Howard made a layup as he was fouled by Joakim Noah, then hit the and-one to put Orlando up 52-34.

Around the league: The Clippers plan to raise ticket prices by an average of 15 percent next season, the first price hike in six years. More than 9,000 seats at Staples Center will increase by 11 percent or less. Season-ticket sales have been at capacity for the entire current season for the first time in Clippers history.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Magic 99, Bulls 94

ORLANDO (99): Turkoglu 3-10 5-5 13, Anderson 3-9 2-2 11, Howard 11-19 7-10 29, Nelson 3-8 2-2 9, J.Richardson 7-15 0-0 18, Davis 3-8 2-4 8, Duhon 0-3 0-0 0, Q.Richardson 0-0 2-2 2, Redick 2-4 4-6 9. Totals 32-76 24-31 99.

CHICAGO (94): Deng 1-9 2-2 5, Boozer 12-20 2-2 26, Noah 3-7 3-4 9, Rose 6-22 3-4 17, Brewer 1-3 1-3 3, Gibson 6-7 2-2 14, Korver 3-10 2-3 9, Lucas 2-6 0-0 5, Butler 1-2 3-4 5, Asik 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 35-86 19-26 94.

Orlando 37 20 22 20— 99

Chicago 22 30 19 23— 94

3-Point GoalsOrlando 11-26 (J.Richardson 4-6, Anderson 3-8, Turkoglu 2-6, Redick 1-2, Nelson 1-3, Duhon 0-1), Chicago 5-22 (Rose 2-6, Lucas 1-3, Deng 1-5, Korver 1-7, Butler 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 60 (Howard 18), Chicago 49 (Noah 10). AssistsOrlando 17 (Nelson 7), Chicago 25 (Rose 9). Total FoulsOrlando 17, Chicago 23. TechnicalsTurkoglu. A22,127.

Howard, Magic end Bulls' streak 03/08/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 9, 2012 12:21am]
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