Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - DeMar DeRozan netted 20 points and Rudy Gay
added 19 points and six rebounds in the Toronto Raptors' 101-98 win over the
short-handed Chicago Bulls.
Kyle Lowry finished with 13 points and 10 assists for the Raptors, who have
won three of their last four games.
Jimmy Butler registered 28 points and seven boards for Chicago, which played
without Joakim Noah, Luol Deng and Taj Gibson.
The Bulls fell three games behind the Brooklyn Nets for the fourth seed in the
Eastern Conference and saw its lead for the No. 5 seed trimmed to a half-game
of the Atlanta Hawks.
Back-to-back buckets by Amir Johnson and Gay vaulted the Raptors to a 99-90
cushion with 1:38 left before Chicago netted the next seven to make it a game.
Boozer hit a layup before Nate Robinson hit a triple, and after Gay missed a
bank shot, Boozer sunk two free throws to pull the Bulls within 99-97 with
16.8 ticks left.
DeRozan, though, made a pair of foul shots at the other end with 13.4 seconds
remaining. Robinson was then fouled and made the first free throw before
missing the second. A jump ball was called between Boozer and Gay following
the miss. Boozer won the tip, but Robinson's 41-footer for the tie was off the
mark with less than a second to play.
The Raptors led 31-22 after a quarter of play, 54-50 at the break and 81-68
heading into the final frame.
The Bulls held a 21-6 advantage in second-chance points ... Toronto led by as
many as 16 ... The Bulls were 10-of-17 from beyond the arc ... Boozer recorded
19 points and 11 boards.
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