ORLANDO, Fla. - Vince Carter had 23 points to help the Orlando Magic pull away early and cruise past the injured Chicago Bulls, 111-82, on Thursday for their seventh straight win.
The Bulls were dealt in big blow in the loss.
All-Star point guard Derrick Rose sprained his left wrist in a midair collision with Dwight Howard during the first quarter and didn’t return for the Bulls, the latest setback in a season that’s quickly going sour. Taj Gibson and Hakim Warrick had 12 points apiece, not nearly enough to prevent Chicago’s sixth consecutive loss.
The speedy Rose drove the lane hard for a layup in the final minute of the first quarter when he was knocked to the floor trying to finish over Howard, an almost identical play to the one that sidelined the Bulls star when the teams last met Feb 10.
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Rose, who made one of two free throws after Howard was called for a foul, stayed in the game before being taken to the locker room for an examination after the quarter. How long he could be sidelined was not immediately announced.