The Chicago Bulls notched a crucial 108-95 victory over the Orlando Magic Monday night, but with the Toronto Raptors winning as well, Chicago needs some luck to snag the three seed.
Mike Dunleavy led all scorers with 22 points. Joakim Noah flirted with a triple-double because that's what he always does; he ended on 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Carlos Boozer scored 13 and hauled in a dozen boards.
D.J. Augustin was not with the team after the birth of his child, so Jimmer Fredette saw over 30 minutes off the bench and dropped 17 points.
Kyle O'Quinn led the way for Orlando with 20 points, and Andrew Nicholson added 19 off the bench. They missed only three field-goal attempts between them. However, the Magic coughed up 20 turnovers leading to 24 points, which single-handedly cost them the game.
The Bulls ran out to a 57-44 halftime lead, but Orlando cut it to a one-possession game in the third quarter. Chicago punched back with a strong close the the third, and the game was in little doubt during the fourth.
Orlando has been dreadful on the road with a league-worst 4-37 record, though one of those four wins did come in Chicago back on Dec. 16. The Indiana Pacers, who locked up the top seed Monday night, visit Orlando on Wednesday to finish the season.
The Toronto Raptors also won on Monday, so the Bulls would need to win their final game and hope Toronto loses to the New York Knicks on Wednesday in order to earn the No. 3 seed. The Bulls close the regular season in Charlotte that same night and appear destined for a first-round rematch with the Brooklyn Nets.
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