The Chicago Bulls hung on in the fourth quarter to beat the Toronto Raptors 109-107 Monday night at the Air Canada Centre, finishing a 4-0 season series sweep. Jimmy Butler stripped the ball from DeMar DeRozan with less than one second remaining to seal the victory.
Although Chicago was without Pau Gasol, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Mike Dunleavy, hot shooting from Doug McDermott and E'Twaun Moore helped give the Bulls a win in Jimmy Butler's return from a knee injury. McDermott tallied 29 points on 9-of-11 shooting, and Moore chipped in 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Taj Gibson's double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds also played a big part in the win.
Toronto's Kyle Lowry did his best to bring the Raptors back from a 13-point deficit early in the fourth quarter, notching 15 of his 33 points in the final frame. He also contributed 11 rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
Overall, it was a disappointing game for the Raptors, especially defensively. And they lost center Jonas Valanciunas to a hand contusion early in the contest, according to Toronto's media relations team.
The Bulls (33-32) moved into the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot with the win.
The 44-21 Raptors are back in action Tuesday night, when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks, while the Bulls will travel to face the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.