Saturday, December 14, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Raptors 99, Bulls 77
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Toronto Raptors earned a 99-77 win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night at the United Center.
How it happened: DeMar DeRozan had 15 points and seven rebounds, while Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Raptors. Luol Deng, who missed the past four games because of an Achilles injury, had 17 points and seven rebounds, but it wasn't enough for a Bulls team that continues to have problems generating any offense.
What it means: The Bulls have played bad basketball over the past few weeks. Aside from their last-second win over the Milwaukee Bucks, Tom Thibodeau's team can't find a way to get into a rhythm. The Bulls have problems scoring points, and they have problems making stops when they need them. This is as bad of a rut as the Bulls have been in since Thibodeau came to Chicago more than three years ago. The most deflating part for Thibodeau has to be that his team just seemed to roll over down the stretch in this one. Granted, it was playing its fourth game in five nights, but the pride it showed in Friday night's win in Milwaukee was missing down the stretch Saturday.
Hits: Joakim Noah had 10 points, 12 rebounds and four assists.
Misses: Carlos Boozer was 4-for-18 from the field.
Stat of the night: The Bulls shot 36 percent from the field.
What's next: The Bulls take on the Orlando Magic on Monday night.