Dwight Howard had 29 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 99-94 win over the host Bulls Thursday night, snapping Chicago’s eight-game winning streak.
Chicago twice overcame double-digit deficits and led, 91-89, with 2:56 to play after Derrick Rose passed to Carlos Boozer for a jumper.
Orlando responded with an 8-1 run started by Jameer Nelson’s lob to Howard for a dunk. Ryan Anderson hit a 3 and a pair of free throws in the game-deciding rally.
Boozer led the Bulls with 26 points. Rose added 17 points and nine assists, but shot just 6 for 22 from the field.
Jason Richardson scored 18 points and hit four 3-pointers for the Magic. Orlando hit 11 3-pointers.
Orlando led by 10 early in the fourth quarter before Chicago tied the game with a 9-point run. Boozer scored 8 points in the first three minutes of the quarter.
The Magic jumped out to a 17-point lead in the first quarter after a conventional 3-point play finished by Howard capped an 11-point Orlando run. Orlando shot 15 for 20 and hit six 3-pointers in the opening period.
The Magic still led by 15 after Howard put in a lob from Hedo Turkoglu with 1:58 to go in the first half. Howard scored 19 points before the break.
Suns 96, Mavericks 94 - Jared Dudley scored 12 of his 18 points in a third-quarter comeback and host Phoenix held on to beat Dallas, the Suns’ first victory over the Mavericks in nine tries.
Grant Hill scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half for Phoenix, but missed two free throws with 15.4 seconds left. Dallas had two chances after that, but Rodrique Beaubois missed a driving layup, then couldn’t hit an 18-foot jumper at the buzzer.