East Notes: Magic, Raptors, Bulls, Zach LaVine


The Magic overcame Devin Booker‘s 44 points in stopping the Suns on Sunday, holding Phoenix to just four points over the final 10 minutes of a 113-98 win.Moritz Wagner

Orlando did it by going big — and throwing out a lineup that featured 6-foot-10 Paolo Banchero, 6-10 Franz Wagner, 6-11 Moritz Wagner and 6-11 Jonathan Isaac.

“A lot of teams aren’t built the way they are. They’re a massive team,” Suns coach Frank Vogel said. “You can attack them if you do it the right way. We didn’t do it well enough or handle their pressure well enough tonight.”

  • Phoenix went just 5-of-18 shooting and committed seven turnovers in the fourth quarter. “I don’t think anybody’s probably done that all year to them,” said Isaac, who compiled two of the Magic’s seven blocks. “For us to get it done like that, especially with the way Booker was rolling, to kind of shut them up in the fourth quarter, it’s amazing.”


The Raptors have lost five straight, capped by Sunday’s heartbreaker of a last-season defeat to the Hawks.

That one took place without three double-digit scorers in RJ Barrett (knee swelling, 19.2 ppg), Immanuel Quickley (quadriceps contusion, 15.5 ppg) and Jakob Poeltl (ankle sprain, 10.6 ppg). Yet Toronto really battled.

“When this situation arises (with three starters out), it is an opportunity for another player,” Raptors coach Darko Rajakovic said. “I look at it that way. We will try our best to compete in every game.”

  • The Raptors are still looking to make some moves, with only Barrett, Quickly and forward Scottie Barnes said to be unavailable. We have more on that right here.


The Bulls snapped a two-game skid with a road win over the Trail Blazers on Sunday, a game that coach Billy Donovan suggested was one of the best of the season.

“I really thought we tried to share the ball,” Donovan said. “I think 27 assists on the number of threes that we generated, that we just didn’t shoot the ball very well. But I give the guys credit, we hung in there defensively.”

DeMar DeRozan led the way with 20 points, but it was Ayo Dosunmu who hit a 3-pointer (off a pass from Nikola Vucevic) to seal it.

“Anytime you get a win, it always feels good,” Dosunmu said. “It just feels good because of the work I put into it, (Vucevic) trusting me, he could have easily just shot it, because he’s a veteran and an All-Sar, but he trusted in me to make the right play.”

  • Yes, the Bulls are still looking to trade guard Zach LaVine before the Feb. 8 deadline. We have the latest on that here.

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