Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 94, Raptors 92
By Nick Friedell
TORONTO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls pulled out a 94-92 win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night at Air Canada Centre.
How it happened: Carlos Boozer had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead the Bulls to a hard-fought win. D.J. Augustin, playing in his first game in Toronto since being waived earlier in the season by the Raptors, had 19 points, 13 in the fourth quarter. Kirk Hinrich added 19 points as well. DeMar DeRozan had another big game -- going off for 32 points -- but it wasn't enough as the Bulls did just enough in the final minute to close the game out.
What it means: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has to love the fact that his team did what it had to do to pull this game out. The Bulls controlled the tempo for most of the night and made the Raptors play their game, but even when it appeared to be sliding the other way, Jimmy Butler and his teammates made plays when they had to. The Bulls have made it a habit under Thibodeau to find ways to win close games -- and Wednesday night's affair was no different. The Bulls don't panic down the stretch in games and they tighten things up defensively. Both traits will serve this team well as it heads into the playoffs in a couple months.
Hits: Butler had a nice game with 16 points, six rebounds and six assists -- but it was his block on DeRozan that iced the game for the Bulls.
Misses: Mike Dunleavy was just 1-for-6 from the field for two points.
Stat of the night: The Raptors were just 3-for-17 from beyond the arc.
What's next: The Bulls take on the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.