Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Boozer had 20 points and eight
rebounds and the Chicago Bulls held on for a 94-92 victory over the Toronto
Raptors on Wednesday night.
Chicago had a shot clock violation with 10.9 seconds remaining, but Jimmy
Butler blocked DeMar DeRozan's potentially go-ahead jumper with 2.4 seconds to
"DeRozan got going, but Jimmy was there on him," Bulls head coach Tom
Thibodeau said of the block.
Butler split a pair of foul shots to put the Bulls up two and DeRozan's
heave from halfcourt at the horn was off the mark.
Kirk Hinrich had 19 points, Joakim Noah dished out 13 assists and Butler
provided 16 points, six assists and six boards for the Bulls, who have won
four in a row.
DeRozan finished with a game-high 32 points for Toronto, which had its three-
game winning streak snapped. Kyle Lowry tallied 16 points, seven assists and
five rebounds in defeat.
Toronto trailed by as many as 15 in the third, but Lowry knocked down a pair
of free throws before pulling up for a 3-pointer a possession later to get the
Raptors within 91-89 with 1:30 left.
DeRozan airballed a right elbow fallaway jumper on Toronto's next touch and
Hinrich knocked down a pull-up left elbow jumper with 41.3 ticks on the clock
to make it 93-89.
Tyler Hansbrough was unable to get his hook shot to drop at the other end, but
Amir Johnson snatched the offensive rebound and recorded a three-point play,
which cut the deficit to 93-92 with 34.9 seconds remaining.
Earlier, Boozer netted four points during an early 8-2 Bulls spurt, which
staked Chicago to a 14-6 lead four-plus minutes in.
The Bulls led 31-21 after a quarter of play and by as many as 15 in the second
before Terrence Ross' three-point play capped an 11-0 Toronto run to get it
Chicago took a 48-41 cushion into the break and further extended its advantage
in the third. Hinrich concluded a 12-4 burst with a 3-pointer to make it
66-51 a little past the midway point of the frame.
The Bulls headed into the fourth with a 70-62 edge.
"We can't start a team like that, that many points and expect to fight
back and get back into the game," Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said.
Chicago shot 50 percent (36-of-72) from the floor and knocked down 7-of-12
(58.3 percent) from the 3-point line ... Toronto was 3-of-17 (17.6 percent)
from beyond the arc.
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