Rapid Reaction: Raptors 101, Bulls 98

April, 9, 2013
4/09/13
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Toronto Raptors earned a 101-98 win over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night at the United Center.

How it happened: DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 20 points while Rudy Gay added 19 points in a wall-to-wall Raptors win that the Bulls tried to steal at the end. Jimmy Butler had one of the best games of his career, playing all 48 minutes while scoring a career-high 28 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out two assists. Carlos Boozer chipped in with 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. The Raptors had their way with a Bulls team playing without Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson and Luol Deng.

What it means: This is the way Bulls basketball is going to continue to look without so many key pieces on the floor. Butler was very good and played throughout the night but without all those important pieces the Bulls can't find a way to score. There's not enough offense to go around for a team that struggled to score even when everybody was healthy. The reality for the Bulls is that they are too banged up right now to feel solid about their chances in any game, especially when they allow a bad team like the Raptors to shoot 51 percent from the field.

Hits: Playing his first meaningful minutes as a Bulls, Malcolm Thomas had six points and eight rebounds in 27 minutes.

Misses: Nate Robinson and Boozer combined to go just 14-for-42 from the field.

Stat of the night: Rip Hamilton actually played 15 minutes after missing the last 19 games because of a lower back injury.

What's next: The Bulls face off against the New York Knicks, who have won 13 straight, on Thursday night.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5