Markannen Makes 2 Late Free Throws, Bulls Beat Magic 110-109

By bulls writer

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Lauri Markkannen shooting free throws was a fitting way for the Chicago Bulls to finish off the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

After being fouled by Aaron Gordon on a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left, Markannen missed the first attempt — the Bulls’ only miss of the game in 19 attempts — and made the next two for a 111-109 victory.

The Magic missed 11 of 24 free throws, two by B.J. Augustin with 34 seconds left. He went into the game as the NBA’s 12th-leading free-throw shooter at 87.3 percent.

“When you look back at the game, we lost on so many things, like free throws, the fouling, the missed coverage on Markannen,” said Evan Fournier, who led Orlando with 22 points. “It’s tough.”

The Magic came out of the All-Star break on a season-high five-game win streak. A win night would have given them their longest winning streak since a nine-game run in the middle of the 2010-11 season.

Markannen finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Zach LaVine added 22 points for the Bulls, Robin Lopez had 18 and Otto Porter Jr....



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