Late spurt lifts Rose and Bulls over Magic, 97-83

January 6, 2012 - 11:52 PM
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Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) drives between Orlando Magic's Jason Richardson (23) and Jameer Nelson (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Derrick Rose and Luol Deng each scored 21 points and the Chicago Bulls held off a fourth-quarter surge by Orlando to beat the Magic 97-83 on Friday night for their sixth straight victory.

Carlos Boozer added 20 points for Chicago, which led by as many as 17 before the lead was trimmed to three. The Bulls closed the game on a 17-6 run.

Dwight Howard led the Magic with 28 points and 15 rebounds.

The Bulls (7-1) are off to their best start since winning 12 of 13 to open the 1996-97 season. The latest victory began a brutal stretch for Chicago that includes seven games in nine nights.

Orlando lost at home for the first time this season. It was the Magic's first game against a 2010-11 playoff team since their opener at Oklahoma City.