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Paolo Banchero took four dribbles as he backed into the lane and didn't bother to look at the rim before lifting off for a fadeaway jumper. Moments later, teammates mobbed him.


Banchero scored with one-second remaining, and the Orlando Magic beat the Chicago Bulls 96-94 on Wednesday night.


The Magic held Chicago to 33 points in the lowest-scoring first half in the NBA this season and led by 19 in the third quarter. But the Bulls tied it when Zach LaVine buried a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the game.


Banchero, the 2023 Rookie of the Year, then took the inbounds pass on the left side following a timeout and backed into the paint with Alex Caruso guarding him. He turned toward the middle and watched as his 7-footer hit the front and back of the rim before falling through the net. That gave Orlando a wild win after losing three of four.


Goga Bitadze had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic. Cole Anthony scored 16. Franz Wagner added 13 points, and the Magic came away with the win despite shooting 39% and making just 8 of 28 3-pointers.


LaVine scored 19 for the Bulls, who were without DeMar DeRozan, who missed the game for personal reasons.


Nikola Vucevic had 17 points and nine rebounds. Caruso scored 16 after missing two games with a toe injury, and Andre Drummond grabbed 14 rebounds. But the Bulls - like the Magic - struggled from beyond the arc, making 9 of 33 3s.


The two teams play again Friday in Chicago in an In-Season Tournament Group C game. 

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