Overcoming a sluggish first half, the Bulls downed the Orlando Magic 85-76, extending Chicago's winning streak to four. Paced by Kirk Hinrich's 20 points, a career-high 14 assists, and 5 steals, and Luol Deng's 21 points off the bench, the Bulls took advantage of a seemingly worn out Magic squad that was playing its fourth game in five days.
Hinrich closed out the first half with a running jumper, pulling the Bulls to within one at 42-41. Chicago then opened the second half with a 9-0 run and never looked back.
Picking up their defensive intensity in the second half, the Bulls harassed the Magic into 18 turnovers, six of which were committed by Steve Francis, who finished the contest with a mere nine points, half his season average.
Dwight Howard picked up yet another double-double for the Magic, his 11th in 14 games, with 17 points and 19 rebounds, while Andres Nocioni tallied his first of the season, chipping in with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Bulls head to New York for a Wednesday night contest with the Knicks.