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Bulls Fight Off Magic Charge for Victory
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Derrick Rose had 39 points and five assists and Luol Deng added 15 to help the Chicago Bulls hold off the Orlando Magic 102-99 yesterday afternoon.

Orlando's Jameer Nelson appeared to tie it with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but an official review upheld an initial call of no basket. Ryan Anderson led the Magic with a career-high 28 points, Jason Richardson added 24 and Nelson had 17.

Chicago won its seventh consecutive game and for the 19th time in 21 games. The Bulls also kept alive their chances of finishing with the NBA's best record, which would give them home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Magic's loss snaps a two-game winning streak and drops their record to 1-3 this season without center Dwight Howard. He sat out Sunday, serving his second suspension of the season after picking up his 18th technical foul.

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