Bulls soundly conclude the Magic’s home season with 102-84 victory

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Tobias Harris had 18 points and 7 rebounds in the Magic's win over the Celtics.

ORLANDO, Fla. — New faces and a new team have finished a long journey at home.

Tobias Harris had 20 points and Nikola Vucevic finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds, but were outclassed by a full-effort Chicago Bulls, losing 102-84 Monday night at the Amway Center.

“I think overall you have to give their defense credit,” said Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn after the game. “I think if you take a look at us from beginning of the year till now, we have multiple guys who are capable of getting to the basket.”

The Magic began the game on a 9-3 run, with Vucevic leading the Orlando front with eight points and six rebounds and despite out-shooting the Bulls 23-21 in the first quarter, they forced Chicago to turnover the ball five times.

“Once the season ends, then the building really begins,” said Vaughn.

Chicago finished the second quarter on a 14-4 run, with Luol Deng scoring eight points in the late run and finishing with 18 points and eight assists for the Bulls.

With the Magic ending their season at Miami, a Charlotte Bobcats loss later this week can provide a sign of relief for the Magic, who look to finish the season with the worst record in the NBA otherwise.

The third quarter wasn’t much of a difference for the Magic, as Harris and Vucevic lead the Magic offense despite turning over the ball 11 times in the game, which caused the Bulls to capitalize on Orlando’s mistakes.

“We have to come play each and every night, we have to be tough,” said Harris after the game. “They got more physical throughout the game and we didn’t respond to that.

“We need to continue to grow on-and-off the floor and come back ready.”

Harris, who was acquired by the Magic from Milwaukee earlier in the year, proved to be vital for Orlando, teaming up closely with Vucevic and other young Magic players after veterans like Jameer Nelson and Glen Davis suffered setbacks due to injuries.

Orlando finish their regular season campaign on Wednesday, April 17 when they face the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena, tipoff set for 8:00 p.m.