Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls, Nov. 7, 2016

Bulls halt three-game skid with 32-point demolition of Magic

Jimmy Butler rises to force a shot against Bismack Biyombo. AP

The Bulls got 20 points from Jimmy Butler in the win, which broke a three-game losing streak.

Of the seven National Basketball Association games on the schedule for Monday, Nov. 7th, the one between the Orlando Magic (3-3) and the Chicago Bulls (3-3) has to be one of the most interesting.

Dwyane Wade also scored 16 points and Doug McDermott finished with 11 for Chicago, which had dropped three straight. Portis scored 16 points in Chicago's 111-94 loss Saturday at the Indiana Pacers. He had averaged 19.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting in his first five games, including a 35-point effort Friday night versus NY.

"We're not going to win too many ballgames if our defense is not doing what it did", Wade said.

Only three Magic players scored in double figures; Aaron Gordon had 15 points, Evan Fournier had 13 while Nikola Vucevic had 11. "Our defence bled into our offence". The Bulls have made at least 20 free throws in their last four games and five of their first seven. Butler has looked better shooting the ball thus far, and opponents can not stop themselves from leaping to contest every Butler pump fake. "But whenever we're guarding we make the game a lot easier for ourselves". Chicago built a 76-58 lead with 15-6 run in the first 6:05 of the quarter and then outscored Orlando 12-5 the rest of the way to lead 88-63 starting the fourth. Wade, the second leading scorer for the Chicago Bulls, was 13 points short of his season average of 17.0 ppg. "I have no comment", Magic coach Frank Vogel said about the free throw disparity. The Chicago Bulls were seemingly helpless in preventing a season high 12 three-point makes from Indiana.

"That's the defensive mindset that we have to have for the entire game", Hoiberg said.

They changed that narrative for a night, as the Magic shot just 39 percent while trailing by as many as 39 points. They went to the foul line far more (31 attempts to six) and outrebounded the Magic by a decent margin of 56-39.

"Energy", Wade emphasized. "(Isaiah) Canaan and (Bobby) Portis came in and mixed it up.

Head to head, the Bulls are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall.

The Bulls ran, cut, swung and stroked their way to a 112-80 victory against the Orlando Magic.

Each team got off to a hot start, but the Bulls surged to a 37-24 lead at the end of the first quarter. The first quarter has been key for Chicago so far this season.

Forcing turnovers has been the only hallmark of this team defensively, but for the first time they forced an offensively-awkward Magic team into misses-especially after the first few minutes looked like an instant replay of the last three games, where defense was optional.

"It's as simple as that", Hoiberg said.

The game got off to a wickedly fast start, even with both teams' big men being featured early. Jimmy made some good plays; we cleared things out and let him make plays.

End-of-the-Bench-Guys: Many of the young Bulls who have seen little playing time got to play most of the fourth quarter. Since this game is in Chicago, the Bulls might be able to stop the skid by topping the Magic in the Windy City on Monday night. The Magic have won five straight and 13 of 15 against the Timberwolves.

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