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Magic Bull-ied by Chicago 112-80

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Timing is everything. Sometimes one team can beat another if they catch them at the right time.

Or, they can catch them at the wrong time, which is what happened to the Orlando Magic on Monday night. The Chicago Bulls routed the Magic out of the United Center 112-80, snapping Orlando’s three-game winning streak.

The Bulls ended a three-game losing streak that included a home loss to the New York Knicks and Saturday’s blowout loss in Indianapolis to the Pacers. Chicago was in a bad mood, clearly making it the wrong time to play them.

It is hard to find bright spots in a 32-point loss. Orlando was outshot, out-rebounded and out-hustled by the home team.

After trailing only 61-52 at halftime, the Magic cut it to 63-58 early in the third quarter. The Bulls then closed out the game with a 49-22 run to turn it into a laugher.

Only three Magic players scored in double figures; Aaron Gordon had 15 points, Evan Fournier had 13 while Nikola Vucevic had 11.

The Bulls were paced by Jimmy Butler with 20 points. Taj Gibson and Dwyane Wade had 16 each.

Coach Frank Vogel will simply tell his players to move on after they have learned any lessons from this game.

They will get the opportunity bounce back Wednesday night when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Amway Center.

Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at

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