The Chicago Bulls needed overtime to get the job done, but Tom Thibodeau's club managed to knock off the Toronto Raptors 107-105 at the Air Canada Centre.
Two nights after setting a franchise record by allowing the Atlanta Hawks to score just 58 points on 29 percent shooting, the Bulls played a far more pedestrian brand of defense, allowing the Raptors to shoot a solid 45 percent from the floor.
Only a dominant performance by Carlos Boozer and a heroic game-winner from Luol Deng helped the Bulls sneak out of Canada with a win in this one.
Boozer registered a season-high 36 points and notched his ninth double-double in his last 10 games. His early work helped the Bulls build a hefty cushion at halftime, which they ended up needing when Toronto charged back down the stretch.
The Bulls are sure to have mixed feelings about their narrow victory, as they looked terrific on both ends in the early going, but clearly relaxed (or succumbed to fatigue, depending on your perspective) in the fourth quarter.
Chicago moved to 22-15 with the win, its ninth in 10 tries against the Raptors. Toronto fell to 14-25 with the loss.
A couple of terrific efforts from Deng and Boozer earned high marks, but there were also a few pretty ugly grades for some of the Bulls' secondary contributors. Let's check out the report cards for every Bulls player.