CHICAGO — — Jalen Suggs dribbled up court within the closing seconds, pulled up contained in the arc, spun, stepped back and unleashed a 3-pointer from the suitable wing with a defender on him.
The ball swished through the online. And identical to that, Orlando escaped with one wild win.
Suggs nailed a surprising 3 within the closing seconds and the Magic beat the Chicago Bulls 108-107 after blowing a 19-point lead Friday night.
Orlando led by 19 within the third quarter, only to see the Bulls tie it early within the fourth. The Bulls’ Nikola Vucevic had a probability to seal a win against his former team, but he missed two free throws with Chicago up 107-105 with 12.2 seconds remaining.
The Magic got the rebound, and Suggs got here through with the winner over Ayo Dosunmu. It brought back some memories of the 2021 Final 4, when Suggs banked in an extended 3 to provide Gonzaga an additional time win against UCLA.
“I have never hit a game-winner like that in ages, because the win within the tournament,” Suggs said. “But that is a tremendous feeling.”
DeMar DeRozan then missed a heave on the buzzer, giving the Magic their first victory in seven road games this season.
“It’s good to come back out here with my guys and just hoop,” Suggs said. “Every little thing that happened and didn’t occur last 12 months, forgetting all of it, learning from it, recuperating, to come back out here this 12 months where I can play with supreme confidence, rejoice on the court with my guys. All of us can go in the suitable direction, and I believe that’s where we’re heading.”
“Jalen saw a chance to win the sport, and he went out and did it,” Carter said. “It was amazing, his confidence, moving into his shot, believing he was gonna make it. That is really big time, especially for a young player.”
DeRozan scored 41 for Chicago, however the Bulls lost their fourth in a row.
Vucevic had 14 points and 16 rebounds. Dosunmu scored 13, but Zach LaVine finished with just 4 points on 1-for-14 shooting. The 2-time All-Star sat out the ultimate 3:43.
“We just cannot keep putting ourselves in a hole playing down 17, 19 points,” DeRozan said. “It’s too tough. The margin of error is slim to attempt to make a comeback. You almost must play perfect to win a game like that.”
The Magic led 73-54 early within the third and were up 83-67 with just over three minutes left within the quarter when the Bulls went on a 12-1 run. DeRozan began it with a 3 and ended it with a 21-footer with 12 seconds left.
Suggs then nailed a 3 for Orlando to make it an eight-point game heading to the fourth. DeRozan knotted it at 92 when he hit a pull-up jumper with 7:13 remaining.
Magic: F Paolo Banchero (sprained left ankle), the No. 1 overall draft pick, missed his fifth game in a row. … Gary Harris scored seven points after missing the primary 15 games following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He was not on a particular minutes limit, though coach Jamahl Mosley said the Magic could be “cautious” with him.
Bulls: Coach Billy Donovan said point guard Lonzo Ball‘s recovery from left knee surgery is “going slow” and had no timetable on his return. He said Ball is doing more, though he hasn’t began running yet. Ball had surgery on his left knee in late September, his second in lower than a 12 months and third since entering the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017. … G Coby White (bruised left quad) played 4:20 after missing the previous eight games. … F Patrick Williams, who sprained his right ankle in Wednesday’s loss at Recent Orleans, had 12 points.
Magic: Host the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.
Bulls: Host the Boston Celtics on Monday.
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