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Fans get thanks, little else
Scottie Pippen, making likely his last appearance at the United Center before retirement, looked sharp in a light gray suit.
Kendall Gill opted for a dapper brown suit. Jerome Williams went the more casual route in a spiffy blue outfit, while Tyson Chandler didn't even bother attending.
Eddy Curry wore a uniform, but he needn't have bothered. A bruised left knee required a magnetic resonance imaging test and a night off.
And Antonio Davis, spraining a ligament in his right knee during a tangle for a rebound, crumpled to the court 100 seconds after tipoff and minutes after thanking fans in a pregame speech for their continued support in a dismal season.
Anybody ready for the season to end?
One road game remains, but the Bulls certainly acted like they were with their assorted injuries and disturbingly disinterested play, which resulted in a 93-84 loss to Orlando.
The Magic had lost 13 straight entering the game, but that didn't stop Chicago native Juwan Howard from scoring a season-high 38 points to finish off a disappointing 14-27 home schedule for the Bulls. That's 13 games worse than last season's home mark.
Marcus Fizer, auditioning for Orlando, among other teams, led the Bulls with 30 points and 20 rebounds. No Bull had reached those marks in the same game since Horace Grant on Dec. 26, 1992.
"This is probably my last game here," Fizer said. "I did this for the fans."
Another substantial crowd of 19,778 attended. Perhaps they were there to say goodbye to Pippen or Dan LeMonnier, the latter retiring after 20 seasons as Benny the Bull. LeMonnier gave a better effort than the Bulls, who clinched the NBA's second-worst record behind Orlando.