CHICAGO – Luol Deng scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 99-93 win over Orlando on Tuesday night, the Magic’s first loss of the year.
Deng and former University of Washington star Nate Robinson keyed a 15-2 second-half burst when Chicago turned a five-point deficit into an eight-point lead. Robinson hit two consecutive jumpers to put Chicago ahead 74-70 early in the fourth, the Bulls’ first lead since midway through the third period.
Joakim Noah had 20 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for Chicago, while Robinson added 11 points and six assists off the bench. Robinson’s layup with 2:35 to play put Chicago up 91-81.
Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 28 points, with E’Twaun Moore adding a career-high 17 points.
Mavericks forward Shawn Marion will miss at least three games after spraining a left knee ligament Monday against Portland. … Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson could miss four weeks with a sprained left foot. … Hornets coach Monty Williams was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for public comments criticizing the league’s concussion policy.