Boozer's Debut Doesn't Help Bulls Avoid Blowout To Orlando As They Lose 107-78

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BULLS ANALYSIS: Carlos Boozer Isn't The Entire Answer

While everyone was looking for Carlos Boozer to make an instant impact on the Bulls with his return last night, perhaps forgotten is that a basketball team has to work in sync. With Boozer playing with his new teammates for the first time last night, it was clear that that sync was missing.

Oh, yes, and the Orlando Magic is a pretty good team. The game was never close after a 28-22 first quarter made it seem like there might be a match. Orlando outscored the Bulls 33-15 in the second for a 24-point halftime lead. The Bulls were never able to get the deficit down to single digits in a somewhat embarrassing 29-point loss.

Boozer had only two rebounds and, shockingly, Joakim Noah, who came into the game as the second-leading rebounder in the NBA, had none. The Bulls got killed on the boards 44-21. Noah did lead the team in scoring with 16.

Now that they’ve got all the hype out of the way, perhaps they can start getting in sync before Friday’s game against the Celtics in Boston.

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Taj Gibson The Only Bull To Score In Double Digits On Wednesday Night

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Jameer Nelson scored a game-high 24 points and handed out nine assists, while Vince Carter provided 22 points and six rebounds as Orlando spoiled the season debut of Carlos Boozer in a 107-78 demolition of Chicago at the United Center.

Dwight Howard added 13 points and 12 rebounds and Rashard Lewis chipped in with 13 points for the Magic, who have won five in a row.

Joakim Noah scored 16 points and Derrick Rose provided 15 in defeat for the Bulls, who returned home after a 4-3 road trip.

Boozer scored five points and grabbed two rebounds in just under 22 minutes.

Orlando put together a 14-5 run to forge a 17-10 lead just past the midpoint of the first quarter and held a 28-22 advantage behind eight points from Carter after the first 12 minutes.

The Magic opened the second quarter with a 16-4 run to extend their lead to 18 with five minutes to play before the intermission. Carter started the surge with a bucket and a pair of foul shots and Brandon Bass closed it with a dunk. The visitors took a 61-37 lead into the break after the Bulls made only 6- of-20 shots in the period.

The visitors pushed their lead to as many as 27 in the third quarter and took an 85-62 lead into the fourth period.

Chicago would get no closer than 18 in the fourth quarter as the Magic improved to 5-2 on the road.

Boozer had successful surgery to repair the fifth metacarpal in early October and missed the first 15 games of the season…Taj Gibson, with 10 points, was the only other Chicago player to reach double figures…Orlando knocked down 10-of-21 from three-point territory while the Bulls were 4-of-11…The Magic made 23-of-24 free-throw attempts…Nelson connected on 8-of-11 from the floor…Bass had 17 points and five boards off the bench in the win for the Magic, who have taken 10 of the last 12 meetings.

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Chicago Bulls Vs. Orlando Magic: Carlos Boozer To Make Season Debut

He's missed 15 games after a bizarre injury in his home, fracturing the fifth metacarpal, but for tonight, Carlos Boozer says, "I'm going to warm up and see how it feels.If there's no pain, I'll play," against the Orlando Magic, according to Chicago Breaking Sports.

This will be a welcome addition to a Bulls team that already has one of the league leaders in rebounding, with Joakim Noah ranking second in rebounds per game with 13.2 (and likely, only second to the Timberwolves' Kevin Love because of Love's freakish 30-board game earlier this season) and Taj Gibson with 6.9 boards per game. As a team, though, the Bulls rank 24th in total rebounds, so having Boozer, who was always among the top rebounders in his days with the Utah Jazz, with Gibson coming off the bench, will be a big help.

Derrick Rose & Co. have a tough task this evening against the Magic, who at 13-4 are tied with the Boston Celtics for the best record in the Eastern Conference and are off to the start that some thought would go to their fellow Floridians in Miami. About that, enough said for now. The Bulls are 5-1 at home and, coming off a successful 4-3 circus trip, hope to build on that momentum. The game begins at 7 p.m. CST and will be televised on CSN Chicago.

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