You just never know with this year’s version of the Chicago Bulls. They can be flirting with .500 or on the verge of free-falling out of the playoff hunt.
Tuesday night at the United Center, the Bulls played a fairly solid game, and continued its mastery over the Toronto Raptors with a 105-94 win. The Bulls won its 11th straight game vs. Toronto.
Doug McDermott had a solid shooting night, hitting 8 of 13 shots to score 20 points to lead Chicago. Jimmy Butler came back to the starting lineup and had a strong game, scoring 19 points, earning 12 assists with 4 steals. He also turned over the ball four times. Taj Gibson scored 14 points down low, and Rajon Rondo added 12 points at the point guard position. Dwyane Wade sat out this game due to a swollen wrist.
Toronto’s DeMar DeRozen was “held” to 18 points, ten below his average, on an off-night for him, going 5-19 from the floor. He received the second of two technical fouls and was ejected in the final minute.
Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 22 points. The Bulls led by as many as 23 points and never trailed in the second half. Although Toronto closed the gap to just 8 points, the Bulls held on for the win.
Chicago (27-29) shot 47.9% from the field, and made 7 of 17 attempts from long-distance. The Bulls had 17 turnovers in the game but managed to win.
The Bulls want to get healthy to make a second-half push to make the playoffs. Precaution may be the prudent course with Wade. The Bulls don’t want to rush him back before the upcoming All-Star break.
Reserve forward Cristiano Felicio had ten points off the bench for the Bulls.