Luol Deng scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the Bulls to a 99-93 win over Orlando on Tuesday night in Chicago, handing the Magic their first loss of the season.
Deng and Nate Robinson keyed a 15-2 second-half burst when Chicago turned a 5-point deficit into an 8-point lead. Robinson hit two straight 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, 9 rebounds, and 5 blocks for Chicago, and Robinson added 11 points and six assists off the bench. Robinson’s layup with 2:35 to play put Chicago up, 91-81, its biggest lead of the game.
Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 28 points, 19 in the second half. E’Twaun Moore added a career-high 17 points.
Glen Davis, who entered the game fourth in NBA scoring with 25.5 points per game, scored 16 points but shot just 7 of 22 from the floor and fouled out.
Nicola Vucevic had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic, who had won three of their last four in Chicago.
Orlando had started the season 2-0, surprising many around the league after trading star center Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers over the summer.
The Magic led, 70-65, when the Bulls started their decisive run late in the third quarter. Deng tied the game with a jumper with 10:58 to play. Later, Robinson capped the run with a layup in transition.
Thunder 108, Raptors 88 — Russell Westbrook shrugged off a sore shoulder to score 19 points and host Oklahoma City cruised past Toronto.
Wearing a black, padded sleeve to protect his bruised left shoulder, Westbrook held Toronto’s leading scorer, Kyle Lowry, to 2 points on 1-of-4 shooting.
Lowry exited with 1:29 left in the second quarter with a right ankle sprain and did not return.
Serge Ibaka added 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds for Oklahoma City. Kevin Durant and reserve Kevin Martin each scored 15.
Nuggets 109, Pistons 97 — Andre Iguodala had a double-double in his first home game in a Denver uniform and the Nuggets pulled away late to beat Detroit and avoid the team’s first 0-4 start since 1998-99.
Iguodala got hot in the fourth quarter to finish with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Ty Lawson had 15 points and nine assists and JaVale McGee scored 16 points off the bench for the Nuggets, who had six players in double figures.
Greg Monroe had 27 points and eight rebounds and Rodney Stuckey had 17 points for the Pistons.