Chicago Bulls, who are second-last in the Central Division standings, outplayed Orlando Magic 90-80 on Friday night. It was their third win in last 10 matches.
Lauri Markkanen scored his season high 32 points that included four 3-pointers. He had three assists and six rebounds, while Robin Lopez was the second-highest scorer with 14 points and Kris Dunn made 12 points.
With the Friday’s win, the Bulls made it 8-25 win-loss status in the Eastern Conference table.
The Magic led by one point after the first quarter, but they threw away the second and third after they missed their early shots in the second quarter.
Evan Fournier scored 24 points, while Nikola Vucevic had a double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds and Aaron Gordon made 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic.
The Orlando squad lost their sheen as they suffered its second straight loss and slid into third place in the Southeast Division.
The Bulls will travel to Cleveland to take on the struggling Cavaliers on Monday, while the Magic will play Miami Heat, who are one place above them in the Eastern Conference standings.