Luol Deng and ex-Washington Huskies standout Nate Robinson helped the host Chicago Bulls beat Orlando 99-93. The Magic fell to 2-1.
CHICAGO — For nearly three quarters, the Orlando Magic looked like the team that has been the surprise of young season.
Then the Chicago Bulls found the right mix.
Luol Deng scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the Bulls to a 99-93 victory over Orlando on Tuesday night, the Magic’s first loss of the season.
Deng and ex-Washington Huskies guard Nate Robinson keyed a 15-2 second-half burst when Chicago turned a five-point deficit into an eight-point lead.
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Robinson made two straight jumpers to put the Bulls ahead 74-70 early in the fourth, the Bulls’ first lead since midway through the third quarter.
“We executed well,” Deng said. “I thought Nate did a good job of looking for his shot and running the plays we were calling.”
Joakim Noah contributed 20 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for Chicago (3-1). Robinson added 11 points and six assists off the bench.
Arron Afflalo led the Magic (2-1) with 28 points, 19 in the second half.
“I think we wanted it more,” Robinson said. “I think at the end, we were more gritty.
“Coach (Tom Thibodeau) said whatever it takes to get the win. So tonight, we had to gut it out.”
• Russell Westbrook, who has a bruised left shoulder, scored 19 points as host Oklahoma City beat Toronto 108-88.
• Andre Iguodala scored six of his 17 points over the final three minutes to help Denver beat the visiting Detroit Pistons 109-97 in a matchup of teams that entered the game with 0-3 records.
Greg Monroe scored 27 points for Detroit. Rodney Stuckey, a former standout for Eastern Washington and Kentwood High School in Covington, added 17 but had a 5-for-17 shooting night.
• Guard Steve Blake of the Los Angeles Lakers was fined $25,000 by the league for directing inappropriate language toward a fan after fouling out late in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.
• New Orleans coach Monty Williams was fined $25,000 for public comments criticizing the league’s concussion policy.
Before Saturday’s game in Chicago, when the Hornets competed without Anthony Davis because the rookie had a concussion, Williams said, “Now, they treat everybody like they have white gloves and pink drawers and it’s getting old. It’s just the way the league is now.”