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Bulls 128, Magic 125 (3 OT)

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Center Joakim Noah had 26 points and 19 rebounds on Wednesday to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 128-125 triple-overtime victory over the Orlando Magic, who lost their ninth consecutive game.

The Bulls (18-19) erased a 15-point, second-half deficit to win for the sixth time in the last seven games, winning for the seventh consecutive time in Orlando.

It was the second triple-overtime game of the season for the Bulls, who lost last month to the New Orleans Pelicans, 131-128.

Unheralded rookie forward Tony Snell scored five points -- including an opening 3-pointer -- in the third overtime for the Bulls. Guard Jimmy Butler, who had 21 points, hit a pair of free throws with 0.4 seconds remaining in the third overtime.

Rookie guard Victor Oladipo scored a career-high 35 points and veteran guard Jameer Nelson scored a season-high 31 for the Magic (10-30).

Oladipo, the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft, hit 15-of-24 shots, and added eight assists. Bulls forward Carlos Boozer had 23 points.

Magic center Glen Davis tied the game at 119 on a 3-point basket with 4.2 seconds remaining in the second overtime. Noah scored with a tip-in for the 119-116 lead with 50 seconds remaining.

The Magic led by three points late in the first overtime, but Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy tied it at 111 when he hit a wide-open 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining. The Magic failed to get a shot in response, sending the game into a second overtime.

Nelson had tied the game at 101 when he hit a 20-foot jumper with 11 seconds remaining in regulation, sending the game into the first overtime.

The lead changed hands seven times in a close fourth period as both teams struggled to stop the other. The Magic shot 56.4 percent from the field in regulation against the second stingiest defense in the NBA.

The Bulls hit a season-high 12 3-point shots.

Snell, who hardly played in the first three periods, hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight points in the fourth quarter to spark the Bulls.

The Magic led 80-73 going into the final period after hitting 14-of-19 shots in the third when Oladipo scored 12 points.

The Magic led by as many as 15 points midway in the third quarter after getting back-to-back baskets from Oladipo. The Bulls responded with back-to-back 3-pointers from Dunleavy and Butler.

The Magic led 49-46 at intermission, riding a good start by their starting backcourt. Nelson had 15 points in the first half. Oladipo had 14 points in the second quarter after missing his only shot in the first.

Boozer had 12 points in the first quarter when the Bulls led by as many as 10 point early, capitalizing on seven Magic turnovers in that opening period. Noah had 10 points and nine rebounds by halftime.

The Magic were without their leading scorer (Arron Afflalo) and leading rebounder (Nikola Vucevic). The Magic beat the Bulls last month in Chicago.

NOTES: Bulls F Carlos Boozer played Wednesday after missing the morning workout because he was sick. . ... Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau brushed off the speculation before the game that G Derrick Rose could return to practice with the team at some point this season. Rose is recovering from knee surgery Nov. 25. "I'm not going to speculate on that," Thibodeau said. "He's doing great, but it's a step-by-step process. He has to concentrate on his rehab." Although the Bulls already have ruled him out for the season, Rose earlier this month talked about a possible late-season return. ... Magic G Arron Afflalo, the team's leading scorer, missed his third consecutive game with an ankle sprain. Magic C Nikola Vucevic, the team's leading rebounder, missed his fifth consecutive game, still recovering from a concussion. Going into Wednesday, the Magic were 0-10 this season in games which Vucevic did not play. ... The Magic were coming off a winless five-game road trip in which they were outscored by an average of 20.2 points. Their last six losses all have been by 16 points or more. The NBA record for most consecutive losses by at least 15 points is seven, accomplished by the Charlotte Bobcats last season.
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