As the Orlando Magic's losses have increased this season, Arron Afflalo has kept a lid on his disappointment. The losses have worn on him, but he never has singled out teammates even though he has played at an All-Star level. On Monday night, Afflalo channeled any lingering frustrations onto the court. Afflalo scored 13 of his team-high 23 points in the third quarter, and the Magic needed all of the cushion that he helped provide. The Magic led by as many as 17 points midway through the third quarter and just barely held on to beat the struggling Chicago Bulls 83-82 at United Center. "We were holding on, surviving tonight," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "This game was a first-one-to-80 kind of game. We needed points, and there was a stretch he was really good for us." The final minutes must've turned Magic players' and coaches' stomachs. Joakim Noah cut Orlando's lead to 80-79 when he made a left-handed shot off the glass with 19.4 seconds left. The Bulls fouled Afflalo with 6.8 seconds left, and Afflalo made one of his two free throws to extend the Magic's lead to 81-79. On Chicago's ensuing possession, Luol Deng missed a potential game-tying layup with 2.9 seconds left as Victor Oladipo contested the shot. Glen Davis corralled the rebound, was fouled and made two free throws to put the Magic ahead by four points. Chicago's Mike Dunleavy hit a 3-pointer from halfcourt as time expired.
Led by Arron Afflalo, the Orlando Magic beat the Chicago Bulls 83-82
Orlando Sentinel | Dec 17