Bulls spell Magic in OT


ORLANDO, Fla. – Kirk Hinrich had 26 points and 10 assists and Andres Nocioni scored 24 to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Orlando Magic 116-112 in overtime.

Chicago has won five straight and with a little bit of help can move up to the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls (40-41) are currently tied for sixth with Indiana and Milwaukee, a half-game behind Washington. Chicago finishes hosts Toronto on Wednesday in its regular season finale.

Hinrich was 15-for-20 from the free throw line, but missed several free throws in the end of regulation. However, he hit five straight to extend Chicago’s overtime lead to 108-102 with 44.1 left.

Hedo Turkoglu had 32 points, including a 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left in overtime, and nine rebounds, while Dwight Howard added 22 points and 14 boards for Orlando, which saw its eight-game winning streak end.

Jameer Nelson chipped in 15 points and seven assists and Keyon Dooling scored 12.

Orlando finishes the season Wednesday night at Indiana.

Hinrich hit a 20-footer with 22.2 left in regulation to give Chicago a 96-95 lead. After a timeout, Turkoglu drove the lane and drew a foul, making the second of two free throws to tie things up at 96 with 13.2 seconds left.

Ben Gordon missed a 16-foot jumper as the clock ran out to force overtime.

Nocioni scored seven points in a 14-4 fourth quarter run that gave Chicago its first lead of the game, 81-80, with 8:11 left after two Hinrich free throws.

The Magic didn’t score for almost three minutes in the fourth until Dooling hit a three-pointer from the wing, tying the game at 83 with 6:33 to go. Neither team led by more than two points after the bucket until the extra period.

Luol Deng had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Gordon added 18 points for the Bulls.

The Magic honored former player and current Bulls coach Scott Skiles before the game with a video tribute and the unveiling of a permanent arena banner. Skiles received a plaque but didn’t speak to the crowd. The guard played five seasons at Orlando and remains the franchise leader in assists with 2,776. He averaged 13 points and seven assists over 384 games with the Magic.

Orlando led by 16 points in the third quarter after a Turkoglu 3-pointer, but again went scoreless over the next 31/2 minutes. Chicago rattled off a 9-0 run to draw within seven before Nelson stopped the burst with a long jumper just before the shot clock ran out.

Notes: Turkoglu and Tyson Chandler were called for double technicals with 1:08 left. Chandler fouled out at 3:09 in overtime with four points and four rebounds. … Nocioni was shaken up at 3:25 in the fourth quarter after taking a forearm to the midsection from Howard. … Former University of Miami guard Guillermo Diaz, who is forgoing his senior season to enter the NBA draft, was in attendance. … Chicago wore red jerseys and blue shorts from the 1946-47 Chicago Stags team and Orlando sported pinstripe uniforms from its inaugural 1980-90 season as part of the NBA’s Hardwood Classics Nights. … Chicago took the season series from Orlando 3-1.

AP-ES-04-17-06 2224EDT