Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 11/1

Game 1: Wednesday, November 1st
Game 2: Monday, February 26th
Game 3: Thursday, March 8th

Magic 94

(28-30, 10-18 away)

Bulls 87

(32-27, 22-8 home)

    Coverage: CSNC

    7:30 PM ET, February 26, 2007

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 26 20 19 2994
    CHI 23 22 20 2287

    Top Performers

    Orlando: D. Milicic 14 Pts, 16 Reb, 2 Ast, 5 Blk

    Chicago: B. Gordon 32 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast

    Howard, Nelson help Magic beat Bulls

    Associated Press

    CHICAGO -- Dwight Howard got a triple double. Not exactly the way he wanted. Still, he'll take the victory for the Orlando Magic, especially on the road.

    Howard scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds -- to go with 11 turnovers -- Monday night as the Magic beat the Chicago Bulls 94-87.

    Elias Says

    Dwight Howard
    Dwight Howard had 21 points and 16 rebounds in Orlando's win against Chicago. But he also had 11 turnovers! In the past 20 years, the only other starting center with 11 or more turnovers in a regulation (non-OT) NBA game was the Cavaliers' Zydrunas Ilgauskas on Dec. 14, 2002. Ilgauskas, like Howard, had 11 turnovers in that game.

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    "I had a triple double the wrong way -- 11 turnovers. I've got to do a little better than that," said Howard, who also had a key tip to keep an offensive rebound alive in the closing seconds that led to a pair of clinching free throws by Hedo Turkoglu.

    Orlando overcame 27 turnovers with the punishing inside play of Howard and Darko Milicic, who added 14 points, blocked five shots and matched Howard with 16 rebounds -- a career high. The Magic dominated the boards 49-31 with 19 offensive rebounds.

    "They did a good job of playing off each other," Chicago's Ben Wallace said. "That's what this league is all about. You go to one guy and somebody else steps up."

    Jameer Nelson also had a solid game for the Magic, now 10-18 on the road after breaking an overall four-game losing streak. He scored 18 points and made three straight free throws after he was fouled twice in a span of four seconds by Chicago's Kirk Hinrich.

    Those free throws gave the Magic a five-point lead with less than two minutes left and they increased it to six on a Nelson jumper. Chicago's Ben Gordon, who had 32 points, hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 90-87 with 36.9 seconds to play.

    With the shot clocking running down, Turkoglu put a jumper that missed. But Howard tapped the ball and so did Nelson and it went through the hands of the weary Bulls, right back to Turkoglu, who was fouled by Hinrich and made both free throws with 12.3 seconds left. Howard closed out the win with two more from the line.

    "It's frustrating. We have to get a consistent style all the time," said Gordon, who'd missed a last-second shot Sunday in a loss to Detroit. The Bulls were playing their fourth game in five days and it showed. Orlando also played and lost Sunday.

    "We didn't have energy all the way through," Gordon said.

    Luol Deng added 23 points for the Bulls.

    "I didn't really see a letdown," Howard said. "They played hard the whole game, but I think we just did our best to get stops."

    Howard's dunk on a pass from Nelson tied the game at 82, and after a 24-second violation on the Bulls, Howard hit two free throws to give Orlando the lead. Nelson then hit three straight from the line for an 87-82 lead with 1:43 to go.

    Howard then knocked the ball away from Gordon before Keyon Dooling made one of two from the line with 1:29 left and the Magic had a six-point cushion.

    Down seven in the third quarter, the Bulls tied the game when Gordon got hot, hitting a 3-pointers and a pair of jumpers, the final one with two seconds to go in the period.

    Game notes

    Gordon said he expected to have sore left little toe X-rayed after the game. He has a soft corn that has been bothering him for about a week and has been taking pain medication so he can play. ... Skiles said the Bulls have no idea when Andres Nocioni might return. Nocioni has a plantar fasciitis in his right foot, has missed 10 of the last 11 games and could be out another month. Skiles said if it stretches out and Nocioni misses six weeks which could keep him out the rest of the regular season, the Bulls have to compensate. "We got to go on," he said of losing the energetic forward. ... The Magic had lost six straight on the road before the victory. ... Howard was 7-for-10 from the field and is now 107-for-150 in his last 12 games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 94 87
    FGM-FGA 32-73 (.438) 32-81 (.395)
    3PM-3PA 3-9 (.333) 7-18 (.389)
    FTM-FTA 27-33 (.818) 16-20 (.800)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 19-49 12-31
    Assists 22 25
    Turnovers 27 20
    Steals 6 15
    Blocks 9 7
    Fast Break Points 16 18
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 27 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 7 4

    Top Performers

    Darko Milicic Milicic
    Points: 14
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 5
    Ben Gordon Gordon
    Points: 32
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0