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Magic's scoring struggles continue in loss to Bulls

ORLANDO — Carlos Boozer scored 24 and had 13 rebounds, John Lucas scored 20 off the bench and the Bulls beat the Magic 85-59 Monday night.

Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau became the fastest coach in NBA history to earn 100 career victories. The Bulls improved to 3-1 over the past four games playing without guard Derrick Rose, who continued to nurse a sore groin.

The Magic has gone six straight quarters without scoring at least 20.

Game highlights: Jrue Holiday had 20 points and six assists as the 76ers defeated the host Bobcats 105-80. Bobcats forward Corey Maggette sat out with a back injury. … Ray Allen hit two 3-pointers in Boston's 13-0 run in the fourth quarter as the Celtics beat the host Hawks 79-76. … Tristan Thompson gave Cleveland the lead with a tip-in with 1:11 to play, leading the Cavaliers to a 105-100 victory over the host Nets.

Around the league: Celtics forward-center Jermaine O'Neal, 33, will have surgery on his left wrist and miss the remainder of the season, adding more urgency to the team's search for inside help. … The Rockets waived point guard Derek Fisher less than a week after acquiring him in a trade with the Lakers.

Bulls 85, Magic 59

CHICAGO (85): Deng 5-13 3-4 14, Boozer 12-18 0-0 24, Noah 4-12 1-1 9, Watson 0-8 1-1 1, Brewer 1-4 1-2 3, Asik 1-2 1-2 3, Gibson 2-5 0-0 4, Lucas 8-13 0-0 20, Korver 2-4 1-1 7, Butler 0-0 0-0 0, Scalabrine 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-79 8-11 85.

ORLANDO (59): Turkoglu 3-6 0-2 7, Anderson 4-13 0-0 10, Howard 8-12 2-7 18, Nelson 4-11 0-0 9, J.Richardson 1-7 0-0 2, Davis 1-5 3-6 5, Duhon 0-3 1-1 1, Q.Richardson 2-2 0-0 4, Redick 1-7 1-2 3, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Liggins 0-0 0-0 0, Clark 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-68 7-18 59.

Chicago 22 26 12 25— 85

Orlando 14 19 15 11— 59

3-Point GoalsChicago 7-18 (Lucas 4-7, Korver 2-3, Deng 1-4, Brewer 0-1, Watson 0-3), Orlando 4-20 (Anderson 2-8, Turkoglu 1-2, Nelson 1-4, Duhon 0-2, Redick 0-2, J.Richardson 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsChicago 55 (Boozer 13), Orlando 47 (Howard 12). AssistsChicago 19 (Noah 5), Orlando 9 (Howard, Redick, J.Richardson 2). Total FoulsChicago 17, Orlando 12. TechnicalsChicago defensive three second, Howard, Orlando defensive three second. A18,998 (18,500).

Sixers 105, Bobcats 80

PHILADELPHIA (105): Iguodala 1-4 1-2 3, Brand 8-13 0-0 16, Hawes 6-11 1-1 13, Holiday 8-13 4-4 20, Turner 3-11 0-0 6, Vucevic 0-3 0-0 0, T.Young 10-12 0-0 20, S.Young 0-1 0-0 0, L.Williams 8-12 0-0 19, Meeks 2-5 2-2 8, Allen 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 46-86 8-9 105.

CHARLOTTE (80): R.Williams 4-7 4-5 13, Thomas 3-10 0-0 6, Biyombo 0-3 2-4 2, Augustin 2-8 3-3 7, Henderson 5-10 4-4 14, Brown 2-5 1-3 5, Mullens 2-8 0-0 4, White 5-10 2-2 12, Walker 5-11 2-2 13, Najera 0-2 0-0 0, Carroll 0-0 0-0 0, Higgins 1-1 2-5 4. Totals 29-75 20-28 80.

Philadelphia 25 21 30 29— 105

Charlotte 19 25 19 17— 80

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 5-11 (L.Williams 3-3, Meeks 2-5, Holiday 0-1, Turner 0-1, Iguodala 0-1), Charlotte 2-8 (Walker 1-1, R.Williams 1-2, Brown 0-1, Augustin 0-2, Najera 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhiladelphia 58 (Hawes 11), Charlotte 37 (Biyombo 9). AssistsPhiladelphia 26 (Holiday 6), Charlotte 23 (Augustin, Walker 5). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 21, Charlotte 10. A12,792 (19,077).

Cavaliers 105, Nets 100

CLEVELAND (105): Gee 3-6 2-4 8, Jamison 5-20 2-2 13, Thompson 12-16 3-4 27, Irving 8-20 7-8 26, Parker 2-6 0-2 4, Sloan 4-6 2-2 11, Samuels 5-5 0-3 10, Gibson 1-5 2-2 4, Casspi 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 41-89 18-27 105.

NEW JERSEY (100): Wallace 8-14 10-11 27, Humphries 5-10 3-3 13, S.Williams 4-5 1-2 9, D.Williams 8-23 8-9 28, Brooks 3-10 4-6 10, Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Green 2-6 0-0 5, Morrow 3-10 0-0 6, Petro 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 34-81 26-31 100.

Cleveland 30 23 23 29— 105

New Jersey 17 33 24 26— 100

3-Point GoalsCleveland 5-15 (Irving 3-6, Sloan 1-1, Jamison 1-3, Gibson 0-1, Casspi 0-2, Parker 0-2), New Jersey 6-23 (D.Williams 4-10, Green 1-2, Wallace 1-4, Smith 0-1, Brooks 0-2, Morrow 0-4). Fouled OutGee. ReboundsCleveland 62 (Jamison 13), New Jersey 47 (Wallace 12). AssistsCleveland 21 (Irving 7), New Jersey 15 (D.Williams 8). Total FoulsCleveland 25, New Jersey 24. TechnicalsD.Williams. A11,254 (18,711).

Celtics 79, Hawks 76

BOSTON (79): Pierce 4-14 5-6 13, Bass 4-7 0-0 8, Garnett 7-17 2-2 16, Rondo 4-14 2-2 10, Allen 5-9 5-5 19, Stiemsma 2-3 0-0 4, Pietrus 3-8 1-2 9, Bradley 0-1 0-0 0, Dooling 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-74 15-17 79.

ATLANTA (76): Jo.Johnson 9-17 3-4 25, Smith 5-20 0-0 10, Pachulia 4-7 8-9 16, Teague 4-13 0-0 8, Hinrich 3-7 2-2 9, McGrady 2-4 0-0 4, I.Johnson 0-2 0-0 0, Collins 0-1 0-4 0, Stackhouse 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 29-75 13-19 76.

Boston 12 19 19 29— 79

Atlanta 15 18 18 25— 76

3-Point GoalsBoston 6-16 (Allen 4-6, Pietrus 2-5, Garnett 0-1, Dooling 0-1, Pierce 0-3), Atlanta 5-15 (Jo.Johnson 4-5, Hinrich 1-3, Teague 0-2, Stackhouse 0-2, Smith 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 46 (Bass 10), Atlanta 53 (Pachulia 13). AssistsBoston 21 (Rondo 13), Atlanta 15 (Smith 8). Total FoulsBoston 23, Atlanta 19. TechnicalsTeague. Flagrant Fouls—Bass. A16,412 (18,729).

Magic's scoring struggles continue in loss to Bulls 03/20/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:13am]

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