Joakim Noah finished with 26 points and recorded 19 rebounds and 6 assists in an impressive all-around performance to lead the Chicago Bulls to a close victory over the Orlando Magic, 128-125. This is the seventh win for Chicago (18-19) in its last 10 games.
Noah shot 9-16 from the field and 8-10 from the free throw line. Other key players for Chicago included Jimmy Butler with 21 points and 7 rebounds, D.J. Augustin with 19 points and 9 assists, and Tony Snell with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Victor Oladipo had a strong performance for Orlando in the loss, putting up 35 points on 15-24 shooting (1-4 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 4-5 from the free throw line. Jameer Nelson contributed 31 points and 10 assists, Tobias Harris finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds, and Glen Davis put up 17 points and 9 rebounds.
Orlando (10-29) has now lost nine straight contests.
Coming up, the Bulls square off with the Washington Wizards, who are 18-19 on the season. The Magic match up with the Charlotte Bobcats, currently sitting at 16-24 this year. The Bulls have a 0-1 record against Washington this season. The Magic are 1-0 versus Charlotte this season.