Gasol, Bulls rally to down Magic

Orlando, FL ( - Pau Gasol had 25 points and 15 rebounds and scored the go-ahead basket on a putback dunk, capping a 7-0 run to end the game as the Chicago Bulls rallied to beat the Orlando Magic 98-97 on Sunday.

Chicago trailed by six with 2:15 remaining after Victor Oladipo's reverse layup ended a 9-0 Magic burst to make it 97-91.

But Orlando never scored again and Jimmy Butler started Chicago's finishing run with a pair of free throws after Orlando's Tobias Harris was whistled for a clear path foul.

Derrick Rose followed with a 3-pointer and Gasol dunked off Rose's baseline miss with 9.4 seconds left to give the Bulls the lead.

"We didn't get to him," said Magic interim coach James Borrego. "He was free on the board. We didn't get a body on him."

The Magic had two chances to win before the buzzer, but Nikola Vucevic missed a jumper and Harris' putback attempt went off the back of the rim as time expired.

Butler had a game-high 27 points and six steals and Joakim Noah added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Bulls, who finished a 3-3 road trip.

"I want us to improve. It's hard to win on the road," said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. "Overall we have done a good job all year on the road."

Oladipo scored 18 points to lead the Magic, who were coming off a 103-97 overtime win against the Lakers on Friday, which snapped a 10-game losing streak.

That game was Borrego's first as interim coach after the Magic fired Jacque Vaughn on Thursday.

Butler scored 12 points in the first quarter and the Bulls shot better than 56 percent for a 32-16 lead going into the second. Noah and Gasol each scored four points during a 14-2 Chicago run in the first.

Evan Fournier scored eight of his 14 points in the second quarter for Orlando, which shot over 57 percent to pull within 29-18 at halftime. The scored was tied 74-74 after three quarters.

Game Notes

Chicago has won two of three against Orlando this season. The teams will meet again on April 8 in Orlando ... The Bulls host Sacramento on Tuesday ... Orlando hosts Washington on Monday.