Victor Oladipo didn't care about Derrick Rose's latest comeback. The Magic guard spoiled Rose's return after a 20-game absence when he scored the game-winner on a drive past Jimmy Butler and late-arriving help from Joakim Noah with 1.5 seconds left in a 105-103 victory. Pau Gasol had tied the game with two free throws with 6.5 seconds left. Mike Dunleavy's lob attempt to Gasol after Oladipo's basket resulted in a turnover. The Bulls, who fell into the East's fourth seed, blew a 15-point lead.
Butler, who led the Bulls with 19 points, took an ill-advised baseline jumper and Oladipo followed with a 3-pointer in transition for a 101-99 Magic lead.
19:24. Rose's playing time, which included sitting out the fourth quarter as the Bulls kept him on roughly a 20-minute limit. Rose had nine points, two assists and four turnovers and missed 5 of 6 3-pointers.
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Oladipo. He finished with 23 points, five rebounds and five assists in 40 minutes.
Turnovers, a recent problem area, reared their head again as the Magic scored 26 points off 17 Bulls' miscues.
"Bad loss because it's a game that we needed. It's a game that we should've wanted a hundred million times more than they did. And they took it. It's troubling." — Gasol
The quote II
"Very hard, very hard, but it's all about patience. I know that I'm going to have my time. Right now, while I'm not playing, I'm trying to learn a little bit more, see what's open and seeing how they're playing everybody. The only thing I can do is sit back, watch, and learn.'' — Rose on sitting out the fourth.
At Heat, 7 p.m. Thursday