Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson were all out with various injuries, which means the scoring load fell on Jimmy Butler, Nate Robinson and Carlos Boozer. Only Butler held up his end of the bargain and the Bulls fell 101-98.
Keys to the Game
The biggest problem that the Bulls faced throughout the game was that they missed every shot imaginable. They got to the rim, took mid-range jumpers, threw up three-pointers, everything. Shots just didn't fall.
That, combined with the fact that they had two terrible quarters defensively (by their standards) gave the Raptors a big enough lead to squeeze out a win in this one.
Everyone but Jimmy Butler was settled into a rut, while Butler earned every single one of his 28 points, as he was always the second or third option, never getting a play run for him.
When Boozer and Robinson did finally start making shots, it was too late. Starting the comeback with six minutes left in the fourth quarter is not an ideal situation.
Toronto played a fine game the entire way, but they were never in a position where they were comfortable putting the game away. Once they got into a situation where they had a big lead, Toronto started settling for jumpers and the Bulls would work their way back into the game.
Raptors 101, Bulls 98, Final.
Let's take a look at the box score from this one. First the Raptors:
And the Bulls:
Raptors 101, Bulls 98, Final.
The call stands as a jump ball, it's just too close to call.
Boozer ends up wrestling the ball free on the floor, throws it into the backcourt, Robinson throws the ball off Johnson and misses a half-court heave.
What a completely normal ending.
Raptors 101, Bulls 98, Final.
We've got a jump ball call after Boozer and Gay hit the ball out of bounds simultaneously. We're under review.
Raptors 101, Bulls 98 with 0:09 left in the fourth.
DeRozan sinks 'em both, and Nate Robinson goes to the line on the other end.
The Bulls are giving it everything they have ... the problem is they just don't have a lot right now because of all the injuries.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) April 10, 2013
Raptors 101, Bulls 98 with 0:11 left in the fourth.
Boozer hits two freebies as the Bulls send DeRozan to the line.
Raptors 99, Bulls 97 with 0:13 left in the fourth.
Jimmy Butler had 28 points on 10-12 shooting with over five minutes left in the game. He has 28 points on 10-12 shooting with less than a minute left.
Why go away from what's been working?
Raptors 99, Bulls 95 with 0:34 left in the fourth.
Two horrible possessions for Toronto lead to no points for the Bulls after getting off two shots right at the rim.
That kind of night.
Raptors 97, Bulls90 with 1:47 left in the fourth.
Robinson with the corner three. Apparently the third quarter is the only one that matters.
Raptors 95, BUlls 88 with 3:52 left in the fourth.
Lowry to the hole to put this one back to double-digits. Turnovers kill the Bulls yet again.
Raptors 95, Bulls 85 with 4:29 left in the fourth.
Jonas Valanciunas gets Nazr to bite hard on a pump-fake and throws down hard on a streak to the rim.
Jonas Valanciunas comes right back with a SMASH!!! on the other end.— Dime Smash! (@DimeSmash) April 10, 2013
Raptors 93, Bulls 85 with 4:34 left in the fourth.
Jimmy Butler has 28 points and it doesn't appear the Bulls have run a play for him yet
— Sam Smith (@SamSmithHoops) April 10, 2013
Nate Robinson just hit a three and is now going insane, as expected.
Raptors 91, Bulls 85 with 5:30 left in the fourth.
A few free throws and a dunk or two and this one might not be over. Chicago gets within single digits.
7-0 run since that Acy foul.— Aggrey Sam (@CSNBullsInsider) April 10, 2013
Raptors 91, Bulls 82 with 6:21 left in the fourth.
Getting a bit chippy mid-way through the fourth now. Butler takes a hard foul from Quincy Acy, and then another on the fast break from John Lucas.
Raptors 91, Bulls 78 with 7:31 left in the fourth.
Quincy Acy is doing his best to out-shout Carlos Boozer tonight. The only difference is that Boozer screams sentences, Acy makes insanely loud guttural noises.
Raptors 91, Bulls 75 with 8:04 left in the fourth.
Malcolm Thomas' dunk gives him a career-high six points. So between him and Butler the record books are being rewritten tonight.
Raptors 88, Bulls 75 with 9:07 left in the fourth.
Jimmy Butler has been great tonight. He's 8-for-10 from the field ... the rest of the Bulls are shooting a combined 19-for-54.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) April 10, 2013
Raptors 86, Bulls 73 with 10:23 left in the fourth.
Jimmy Butler leads all scorers with a terrific night so far, putting up 22. Carlos Boozer has 13 points on 17 shots, but he does have 10 rebounds and six assists to pad his night out. Chicago also has eight apiece from Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli.
Rudy Gay's 19 points lead Toronto into the fourth. DeMar DeRozan has 16, Terrence Ross is at 13, and Kyle Lowry is at 11 points and nine assists.
Raptors 84, Bulls 68 with 11:20 left in the fourth.
Nevermind, Terrence Ross' three-pointer isn't going to let Chicago keep this one within 10.
Raptors 81, Bulls 68 after the third.
Chicago collecting a handful of fouls with the clock winding down in the third, giving them a solid standing for the start of the fourth.
That, and Jimmy Butler pads his career-high.
Raptors 78, Bulls 68 with 0:36 left in the third.
Corner three from Jimmy Butler. I'll give you one guess as to what happened.
Butler's up to 21 points, a career high.
Raptors 78, Bulls 67 with 1:08 left in the third.
Raptors' lead back up to double digits...Malcolm and Rip back in— Aggrey Sam (@CSNBullsInsider) April 10, 2013
I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing.
Raptors 76, Bulls 62 with 2:27 left in the third.
Carlos Boozer is back to missing everything, leading to a Raptors' 9-0 run. Carlos went from 1-6 shooting, all the way up to 4-11, and now he's steady at 5-16 from the floor.
Not a good one for Booz tonight.
Raptors 73, Bulls 60 with 3:40 left in the third.
We're playing sloppy basketball here, Chicago getting shots off far too late in the shot clock and Toronto simply unable to hang onto the ball.
Raptors 71, Bulls 60 with 4:44 left in the third.
Butler blocked again. That's about the only way to keep him from scoring tonight.
Raptors 67, Bulls 60 with 6:11 left in the third.
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