Derrick Rose scored 22 points and the Chicago Bulls got strong efforts from their three newcomers in a 120-102 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.
The three Bulls acquired at the trade deadline combined for 37 points in their home debuts. Tim Thomas scored 17 points, John Salmons 11 and Brad Miller had nine points, seven rebounds and five assists.
The Bulls shot a season-high 56.5 percent, scoring the most points of a Magic opponent this season. New Orleans' 117-85 win last week set the previous high.
Each team had seven in double figures. Ben Gordon scored 20 points and Joakim Noah had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls.
The Magic, who overcame Dwyane Wade's 50-point effort in a win Monday, trailed almost the entire way. Dwight Howard led Orlando with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Hedo Turkoglu had 16 points and Courtney Lee 14.
Chicago's new additions came up big in the fourth. In one key stretch early, Miller assisted on Gordon's jumper, Thomas hit a 3-pointer and Salmons converted a three-point play. Gordon then added a jumper to give the Bulls a 99-89 lead.
The Magic had won five straight in Chicago, dealing the Bulls an embarrassing 113-94 home defeat on New Year's Eve.
The Bulls got off to a fast start, shooting 59 percent in the first half to grab a 63-52 lead.
Howard had 16 points and eight rebounds in the first half, but jammed his hand on Miller's head with 1:33 left. He shot an airball on his first free throw and made the second, and came out a few possessions later with a swollen knuckle on his right index finger.
Lee scored 12 points in the third quarter, hitting a jumper to cap Orlando's 8-0 run that cut the Bulls' lead to 83-82. J.J. Redick and Anthony Johnson hit consecutive 3-pointers before Lee's shot.
Rose, who had 14 points in the third, beat Lee on a drive and hit a jumper to give the Bulls an 87-82 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Notes:@ The Magic had won two in a row. ... Not known for his speed, Miller picked off a pass near midcourt and dribbled it in for a layup in the second quarter. ... Magic G/F Mickael Pietrus didn't play for a second straight game with a sprained right wrist. ... Miller and Thomas played for the Bulls previously, but Thomas only played three games for the Bulls in the 2005-06 season and just one in Chicago. ... Tyrus Thomas didn't play in the fourth quarter.
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