Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Luol Deng paced Chicago with 19 points and
every starter scored in double-figures as the Bulls coasted to a 96-80 over
the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Center.
Joakim Noah scored 18 points with nine rebounds while Carlos Boozer and Jimmy
Butler added 14 points apiece for Chicago, which has won three consecutive
DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 37 points and Rudy Gay nearly had a double-
double with 20 points and nine rebounds in the loss.
After DeRozan tied the game at four on a driving dunk early in the first
quarter, the Bulls locked down and went on a 9-0 run after a Boozer layup with
6:03 left. Toronto would trail by at least seven for the duration of the
Chicago then opened up the second quarter on a 10-2 run when Taj Gibson made a
put back slam and capped the run with a jumper as the lead ballooned to 19,
The Bulls held Toronto to 11-of-43 (25.6 percent) from the field through two
quarters, while Chicago shot 19-of-43 (44.2 percent).
It was only fitting for the Bulls to begin the third quarter similarly to how
they opened the first two. Chicago went on a 15-4 run in the first 5:03 of the
third with Hinrich, Deng, and Butler each hitting a 3-pointer as the lead
stretched to 60-35 in favor of Chicago.
The lead grew to as many as 27 but DeRozan did all he could to chip away at
the lead. With Toronto down 70-43, DeRozan went on an 11-4 run by himself in
the final 2:43 of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 72-54.
Derrick Rose did not play due to a sore right hamstring ... This is the first
of four meetings between the two teams this season ... Toronto hosts Portland
on Sunday ... Chicago will welcome Indiana to the United Center Saturday
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