Gasol, Bulls rally to down Magic

Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Pau Gasol had 25 points and 15 rebounds and
scored the go-ahead basket on a putback dunk, capping a 7-0 run to end the
game as the Chicago Bulls rallied to beat the Orlando Magic 98-97 on Sunday.

Chicago trailed by six with 2:15 remaining after Victor Oladipo’s reverse
layup ended a 9-0 Magic burst to make it 97-91.

But Orlando never scored again and Jimmy Butler started Chicago’s finishing
run with a pair of free throws after Orlando’s Tobias Harris was whistled for
a clear path foul.

Derrick Rose followed with a 3-pointer and Gasol dunked off Rose’s baseline
miss with 9.4 seconds left to give the Bulls the lead.

“We didn’t get to him,” said Magic interim coach James Borrego. “He was free
on the board. We didn’t get a body on him.”

The Magic had two chances to win before the buzzer, but Nikola Vucevic missed
a jumper and Harris’ putback attempt went off the back of the rim as time
expired.

Butler had a game-high 27 points and six steals and Joakim Noah added 18
points and nine rebounds for the Bulls, who finished a 3-3 road trip.

Oladipo scored 18 points to lead the Magic, who were coming off a 103-97
overtime win against the Lakers on Friday, which snapped a 10-game losing
streak.

That game was Borrego’s first as interim coach after the Magic fired Jacque
Vaughn on Thursday.