CHICAGO – Luol Deng scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the Chicago 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 quarter.
Joakim Noah had 20 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for Chicago, while 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 (2-1) with 28 points, 19 in the second half. Former Purdue standout E’Twaun Moore added a career-high 17 points.
Glen Davis, who entered the game fourth in the NBA at 25.5 points per game, scored 16 on 7-of-22 shooting and fouled out.
Nicola Vucevic had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic, who had won three of their last four in Chicago entering the game.
The Magic led 70-65 when the Bulls started their decisive run late in the third quarter. Deng tied the game with a jumper with 10:58 to play. Later, Robinson capped the run with a layup in transition.
Orlando trimmed the lead to four on Affalo’s three late in the final minute, but Chicago held on down the stretch. Taj Gibson’s dunk and free throw with 39 seconds remaining iced it for the Bulls.
THUNDER 108, RAPTORS 88: In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook shrugged off a sore shoulder to score 19 points to lead Oklahoma City.
Wearing a black padded sleeve to protect his bruised left shoulder, Westbrook held Toronto’s leading scorer, Kyle Lowry, to two points on 1-of-4 shooting. Lowry exited with 1:29 left in the second quarter with a right ankle sprain and did not return.
Serge Ibaka added 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds for Oklahoma City.
NUGGETS 109, PISTONS 97: In Denver, Andre Iguodala scored six of his 17 points over the final three minutes to help Denver snap a three-game skid.
Greg Monroe scored 27 points for the Pistons, who dropped their fourth straight.
Detroit and Washington (0-2) are the only winless teams left in the NBA this season.