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On Tuesday the Toronto Raptors traded Terrence Ross and a 1st round pick to the Orlando Magic for Serge Ibaka. Of course with the deal just being made Ibaka wasn’t available as the Raptors faced the Chicago Bulls Tuesday night. For the 11th time in a row the Bulls picked up a win over the Raptors 105-94. The last time the Raptors won a game in this series was December 31st 2013.

Toronto took a quick 4-0 lead, but then the Bulls ran off the next 8 points to take the lead. The game was tied a couple of times before the Raptors where able to go back into the lead at 15-14. The teams traded the lead three more times before the Bulls where able to final 8 points of the quarter to take a 24-18 lead after one quarter.

The teams started the quarter out trading baskets as the Bulls slowly added to there lead. Chicago finally put there lead into double digits when Rajon Rondo hit a 3-pointer to make the score 41-29 with 6:09 left in the quarter. The Bulls continued to add to the lead with the largest lead hey built was 21 points at 56-35 with 1:44 left in the quarter. Toronto scored 4 of the final 6 points in the quarter to cut the Bulls lead to 58-39 going into the half.

Early in the 3rd quarter the Bulls pushed the lead to 23 points at 66-43 when Jerian Grant hit a 3-pointer with 7:48 left in the quarter. The Raptors did outscore the Bulls in the quarter 25-20 and managed to cut the lead to 14 points at 78-64 by the end of the 3rd quarter.

Chicago has had trouble hanging onto big leads this season and when Toronto started the quarter on a 9 to 5 run you had to wonder if they where headed down that road again. Toronto got the Bulls lead into single digits when Corey Joseph hit a 3-pointer with 6:00 minutes left to play to make the score 88-80. After DeMar DeRozen hit a pair of free throws the Raptors where just down 5 points at 96-91 with 2:08 to play. This time the Bulls finished the game on a 9 to 3 run to get by the Raptors 105-94.

Doug McDermott came off the bench to lead the Bulls in scoring with 20 points. Jimmy Butler returned to the line up and struggled from the field making just 2 of the 10 shots he attempted. Butler did go 15 of 19 from the free throw line and posted a double-double with 19 points and 12 assists. Taj Gibson had 14 points while Rajon Rondo (12 points) and Cristiano Felicio (10 points) came off the Bulls bench to score in double digits. Felicio also tied with Robin Lopez for the team lead in rebounds with 6 apiece.

Kyle Lowry was the Raptors and the game high scorer with 22 points. DeMar DeRozen added 18 points while Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and grabbed a game high 9 rebounds. Off the Raptors bench Norman Powell scored 13 points and Corey Joseph scored 10 points. Lowry and Powell tied for the team lead in assists with 4 each.

The win improves the Bulls record to 27-29. Toronto falls to 32-24 with the loss. Chicago gets a day off before they host the 36-19 Boston Celtics. The Raptors don’t get a day off as they return home to host the 24-31 Charlotte Hornets.

 

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Now I understand that I’m a Bulls game recap behind and hopefully you’ll forgive me. I was lucky enough or I guess in this case unlucky enough to get the flu that has been going around my work. Since I am behind instead of doing the recap like I always do I’m just going to give the top players stats and since there’s a Bulls game tonight we’ll pick up where we left off tomorrow.

Doug McDermott came off the Bulls bench to play 33 minutes and post a career high 31 points. Taj Gibson had 18 points while Jimmy Butler added 16 points. Gibson and Butler also tied for the team lead in rebounds with 8 while Butler handed out a team high 6 assists. Michael Carter-Williams had 14 points and Robin Lopez scored 12 points for the Bulls.

Memphis was led by Mike Conley with 28 points. Conley also handed out a game high 8 assists. Marc Gasol posted a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds while JaMychal Green was the other Memphis starter scoring in double figures with 14 points. Zach Randolph had a double-double off the Grizzlies bench scoring 15 points and grabbing a game high 16 rebounds. Vince Carter added 10 pints off the Memphis bench.

With the win the Bulls got back to .500 at 21-21. Chicago will take the court tonight as they host the 13-27 Dallas Mavericks. With the loss the Grizzlies are 25-18 on the season. There next game is Wednesday night on the road against the 21-19 Washington Wizards.

The Chicago Bulls used a big 2nd quarter to pull away from the Indiana Pacers and improve to 2-0 early in the 2016-17 season. The made nine changes to their roster this off season with three of those changes being to the starting line up. With all those moves you might think the Bulls would struggle at the start of the season, but not so far. It’s just two games, but it’s two games and two wins against two teams that where predicted to make the Eastern Conference playoffs.

It was a tight 1st quarter with the teams being tied 8 different times before the Bulls where able to gain a four point advantage 24-20 at the end of the quarter. The Bulls had a 3-point lead with 9:52 left in the 2nd quarter and then went on a 16-point run to pull away from the Pacers. The Bulls outscored Indiana 38-21 and went into halftime with a 21-point lead 62 to 41. The 3rd quarter was pretty evenly matched, but the Bulls found a way to add 4 more points to their lead outscoring the Pacers 30-26. With the score 92-67 heading into the 4th quarter Jimmy Butler, Dwayne Wade and Rajon Rondo where given the 4th quarter off. With those three on the bench the Pacers manage to cut the lead to 11 points at 112-101, but there was just two minutes left in the game. The Pacers did outscore the Bulls in the 4th quarter 34-26, but the Bulls scored the final 6 points of the game to get to  the 118-101 final score.

Doug McDermott came off the Bulls bench and made five of the six 3-pointers he took as he led the Bulls in scoring with 23 points. Jimmy Butler had 16, points Dwayne Wade scored 14 points while Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez each added 12 points. Gibson also grabbed a game high 8 rebounds. While Rondo may have been the only Bulls starter to not score in double figures he did hand a game high 13 assists. Isaiah Canaan added 11 points off the bench as well for the Bulls.

The Pacers where led in scoring by Myles Turner and Paul George who each tallied 20 points. Joe Young and Glen Robinson III came off the Pacers bench to each score 11 points. Thaddeus Young also scored in double figures scoring 10 points and grabbing a team high 5 rebounds. Jeff Teague Had a rough night shooting the basketball going 0 for 7 in the game as well as missing the only 3-point shot he took. While Teague didn’t score in the game he did hand out 8 assists to lead the team in that category.

On Monday the 2-0 Bulls play there first road game of the season as they head to Brooklyn to take on the Nets. The Pacers who fell to 1-2 with the loss Head home to host the Los Angeles Lakers.