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The win against Chicago marked the beginning to the Raptors' winning streak at the end of the season.
The Raptors began their five-game winning streak at the end of the 2012-13 season with a 101-98 win over the Chicago Bulls in Chicago. Even though rookie big man Jonas Valanciunas endured a neck injury toward the end of the game, the game was still a solid win for Toronto.
Toronto had a lead of 15 points during the first half of the game, but let Chicago catch up at the end of the half. The Raptors extended the lead to 16 during the third quarter, but again the Bulls caught up to within two points toward the end of the game.
Valanciunas collided with Rudy Gay during the jump ball at the end of the game and had to spend the night in a Chicago hospital because of the injury. According to ESPN.com, Gay said of the collision, “He’s an aggressive player, but he just ended up in the wrong spot. We’re hoping that he’s OK. But we all know that anytime anything can happen. We all know that. Look at the Final Four, some of the crazy injuries that happened in that. This is a physical game.”
DeMar DeRozan lead the team with 20 points, and Gay was right behind him with 19.