The Chicago Bulls won handily over the Toronto Raptors, 105-94 on Tuesday night even without Dwyane Wade. The veteran shooting guard was not available for the Bulls but Chicago got big help from their bench, led by Doug McDermott, who finished with 20 points.
McDermott, who is on a reserve role, played 32 minutes and shot 8-of-13 field goals to top score for the Bulls. The third year forward added 5 rebounds and had two three-pointers to lead Chicago’s offense.
Raptors haven’t win vs. Bulls since 2013
This was Toronto’s 11th straight loss to the Bulls. The last time the Raptors won over Chicago was in a match-up back in December 31, 2013. McDermott talked about their favorable match-up against the Raptors in the postgame interview.
“We just have their number. It’s a good matchup for us. I don’t know. It’s hard to say. Hopefully, we can keep it rolling against them,” McDermott said via ESPN.
The Bulls had the lead after the first quarter, 24-18. They continued their good play with a dominant second quarter when they outscored the Raptors, 34-21. With a big 58-39 lead at halftime, Chicago cruised to the easy blowout victory at home.
Both teams did not shoot well from the field but the Bulls went to the line more. Chicago also out-assisted Toronto, 22-15. Butler was 15-of-19 from the free throw line.
Wade did not play due to a right wrist injury. But, Chicago did not need him on this one with lots of players stepping up. Jimmy Butler had a double-double of 19 points and 12 assists with 4 steals. Taj Gibson added 14 points. Meanwhile, the Bulls’ bench production also got 12 points from Rajon Rondo and 10 points from Cristiano Felicio.
For the losing side, Kyle Lowry top scored with 22 points with four three-pointers. He had five turnovers though and Toronto had 16 TO’s as a team. DeMar DeRozan struggled from the field shooting 5-of-19 field goals for 18 points and also had three turnovers.
The Chicago Bulls take on the Boston Celtics in their final game before the All-Star break. They also snapped a three-game losing streak after losses to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns and the Golden State Warriors.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors face the Charlotte Hornets in their next game. They could possibly be with new acquisition Serge Ibaka versus the Hornets. Ibaka was acquired in a trade with the Orlando Magic for guard Terrence Rose and a 2017 first round pick.
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