While the Orlando Magic entered Wednesday’s contest on a five-game losing streak, the Chicago Bulls came in as winners of its last six. The surprising downward slide for Orlando continued at the United Center, as the Magic fell 112-94 decision to the Bulls. Orlando has now lost seven of its last eight games and now boast a record of 11-21 on the season.

The Bulls have made a turnaround with power forward Nikola Mirotic back in the lineup, as Chicago has won seven in a row. Mirotic finished the game scoring 15 points and snagging 10 rebounds. Chicago guard Denzel Valentine also chipped in 16 points in the win for the Bulls.

“We’ve got to play really above ourselves right now to get a win,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel said. ”We didn’t play a great basketball game and the result is what it is.”

Orlando has played anything but above themselves lately, with a lack of offensive production on a nightly basis and a commitment on the defensive end has contributed to Orlando’s current slide. Slow starts have hindered any chances the Magic may have at staying competitive all game long, as they trailed 31-24 after the first period versus the Bulls.

Another aspect to Orlando’s game that has taken a toll on its winning ways has been the below average 3-point shooting and Wednesday was another example of the Magic’s issues from beyond the arc. Orlando connected on only 5-of-27 from the outside.

The Magic are still getting steady scoring from center Nikola Vucevic, who scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Orlando is currently battling injuries to a couple of its key starters, with guard Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon both out. Point guards Elfrid Payton and D.J. Augustin each scored 14 points apiece, respectively.

Orlando is off tonight and will be back on the court Friday night when they host the New Orleans Pelicans at the Amway Center. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.

About The Author

Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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