Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
Their most recent game against the Hawks was a look at just how dangerous their defense can be, as they held the Hawks to just 58 points.
The Raptors, meanwhile, are proving to be a streaky-good team ever since their horrendous 4-19 start. They've won 10 of their last 15 games without Andrea Bargnani holding them back and with Jose Calderon playing extremely well.
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Keys to the Game
The Bulls barely got away with this one as they tried their hardest to give it away, but they ended up with a solid 107-105 win over the Raptors.
The first thing to look at in this one is definitely Carlos Boozer's magnificent game. He ended up with 36 points on 16-24 shooting, but the Bulls missed an opportunity in this one. Boozer had 32 points through three quarters, and Boozer only saw a few more shots from then on out. They rode him to a huge lead, but then forgot to go back to him late.
What really won it for them, however, was that stout defense that is always of note for the Bulls. They were able to make the most of Toronto's turnovers, win the rebounding battle, and do their best to keep second-chance opportunities to a minimum until late in the game.
What really won it for them, however, was Luol Deng. He wasn't huge throughout the game numbers-wise, but he was incredibly solid all over the floor for the entirety of this one. With both teams so evenly-matched at the end of the game, he was finally able to come through and sink the game-winner, followed by some solid defense on the final play.
Bulls 107, Raptors 105, Final.
Let's take a look from the box score in this one. First the Bulls:
And the Raptors:
Bulls 107, Raptors 105, Final.
Joakim Noah hacks Johnson on a drive to the lane with a foul to give, and gets him before he can take a shot.
Calderon just misses a game-winning three-pointer attempt.
Another brutal loss for the Raps. Just one of those seasons.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) January 17, 2013
Bulls 107, Raptors 105, Final.
Luol Deng drops in a shrug-off jumper. Look at what happens when you don't run Iso-Belinelli at the end of games.
DENG. DAGGERS. DONE.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) January 17, 2013
Bulls 107, Raptors 105 with 0:03 left in overtime.
Kyle Lowry floater just never seems to miss.
Bulls 105, Raptors 105 with 0:09 left in overtime.
Deng misses a jumper, but Chicago ends up with the offensive rebound. Belinelli gets fouled on the drive (finally doing something productive) and makes one of two free throws.
Bulls 105, Raptors 103 with 0:15 left in overtime.
There's been more replay reviews in this overtime period than actual basketball. We're currently taking a look at a ball knocked out of bounds by Noah.
Bulls 104, Raptors 103 with 0:36 left in overtime.
Alan Anderson with the first field goal for the Raptors in overtime.
Good looks for Lowry and Amir in overtime. Just missed 'em. Happens.— Eric Koreen (@ekoreen) January 17, 2013
Bulls 104, Raptors 103 with 0:54 left in overtime.
After a long replay to give Toronto the ball, leads to a rough hook from Johnson off the back of the rim.
Chicago counters with an atrocious leaner from Nate Robinson that hits the opposite back corner of the rim.
Booz gets himself a layup in traffic to put Chicago up by three.
Bulls 104, Raptors 101 with 1:51 left in overtime.
Toronto starts out with a turnover and a front-rimmed jumper, Chicago with a Noah put-back and a Boozer offensive rebound.
Seems like Thibs' crazy rotations has them able to play at a high level late into games.
Bulls 102, Raptors 100 with 3:12 left in overtime.
'Topes tie! Free basketball.— Eric Koreen (@ekoreen) January 17, 2013
Bulls 100, Raptors 100 after the fourth.
Belinelli gets the ball on the drive and misses his third straight drive to the basket in the final two minutes. Perhaps another plan next time?
Bulls 100, Raptors 100 with 0:01 left in the fourth.
Johnson makes the first, but misses the second.
One of two for Amir. Bulls will have 11.5 to win the game.— Eric Koreen (@ekoreen) January 17, 2013
Bulls 100, Raptors 100 with 0:12 left in the fourth.
Noah gets revenge with terrific defense on Lowry, forcing the fade-away jumper at the buzzer. However, Amir Johnson gets the rebound and is fouled by Gibson as the shot goes up. GIbson fouls out.
Bulls 100, Raptors 99 with 0:12 left in the fourth.
Belinelli drive ends with a layup off the back of the rim. Dwane Casey waits until eight seconds left in the shot clock to call a time out.
Not only that, Boozer lost his shoe during the play and he still called the time out.
Bulls 100, Raptors 99 with 0:24 left in the fourth.
Lowry grabs the switch onto Joakim Noah, takes it into his chest and drains the layup.
Kyle Lowry. Balling out.— Eric Koreen (@ekoreen) January 17, 2013
Bulls 100, Raptors 99 with 0:53 left in the fourth.
Chicago gets a drive to the rim and a foul from Belinelli, makes one of two.
Bulls 100, Chicago 97 with 1:08 left in the fourth.
Lowry draws a ridiculous foul shooting a three as Nate Robinson runs into him. Refs are reviewing the play, deciding whether or not he was shooting.
He's gets three shots, makes two.
Bulls 99, Raptors 97 with 1:16 left in the fourth.
Bulls are suddenly deciding to give up offensive rebounds, we've got a loud arena and a two-point game.
Bulls 97, Raptors 95 with 1:22 left in the fourth.
Kyle Lowry sinks two freebies, but is answered by a Boozer layup on the other end..
Bulls 97, Raptors 93 with 1:48 left in the fourth.
Lots of lettin' em play down the stretch. Joakim Noah slaps a lot of wrist on Davis' dunk attempt and nothing's called.
Hinrich picks up his sixth foul on the next play, however.
Bulls 95, Raptors 91 with 2:32 left in the fourth.
Layup by Deng, followed by a call on Toronto for stepping on the baseline on the inbound. The crowd responds with the loud "Refs you suck!" chant.
Raptors doing the "never die at home" thing.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) January 17, 2013
Bulls 95, Raptors 91 with 4:05 left in the fourth.
Luol Deng with a bold three on the falling-down pass from Joakim Noah. Lowry answers with his own three.
Bulls 93, Raptors 89 with 4:30 left in the fourth.
We've got a timeout, so enjoy Toronto's halftime show of dogs running through an obstacle course, I know I did.
Bulls 89, Raptors 84 with 5:43 left in the fourth.
A big J from Belinelli to get the Bulls offense loosened up. They were all afraid to shoot and extending the cold streak.
Alan Anderson counters with a drive to the rim and a layup high off the glass. He's got 24.
Bulls 89, Raptors 84 with 6:05 left in the fourth.
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