Suggs nails 3, Magic beat Bulls 108-107 after blowing lead

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CHICAGO (AP) — Jalen Suggs nailed a wild 3-pointer in the closing seconds and the Orlando Magic beat the Chicago Bulls 108-107 after blowing a 19-point lead Friday night.

The Magic led by 19 in the third quarter, only to see the Bulls tie it early in the fourth. The Bulls’ Nikola Vucevic had a chance 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. Suggs dribbled up the right side, spun, stepped back and nailed a 3 over Ayo Dosunmu.

DeMar DeRozan then missed a heave at the buzzer, giving the Magic their first win in seven road games this season.

Wendell Carter Jr. led Orlando with 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds against his former team. Suggs and Franz Wagner each scored 20. Bol Bol added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

DeRozan scored 41 for Chicago, but the Bulls lost their fourth in a row.

Vucevic had 14 points and 16 rebounds. Dosunmu scored 13, but Zach LaVine finished with just four points on 1-for-14 shooting.

The Magic led 73-54 early in the third and were up 83-67 with just over 3 minutes left in the quarter when the Bulls went on a 12-1 run. DeRozan started 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.

TIP-INS

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 first 15 games following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He was not on a specific minutes limit, though coach Jamahl Mosley said the Magic would 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 started running yet. Ball had surgery on his left knee in late September, his second in less than a year 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 New Orleans, had 12 points.

UP NEXT

Magic: Host the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.

Bulls: Host the Boston Celtics on Monday.

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