Magic blast Bulls 111-89
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando journeyman center Dewayne Dedmon scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Jason Smith added 14 off the bench and the Magic dealt the Chicago Bulls a blow to their fading playoff hopes with a 111-89 win Saturday night.
Elfrid Payton scored 15 points and had 10 assists and Evan Fournier added 12 points for the Magic who snapped a six-game skid.
The Bulls (36-36), fighting to climb back into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, dropped their third straight game as they try to catch surging Detroit.
Chicago has seemed out of synch as of late and that was obvious during critical points Saturday night. Derrick Rose had just nine points while struggling to find his shooting touch on a 4-of-14 shooting night. Taj Gibson, who dominated in the paint, led the Bulls with 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting.