Bulls withstand late flurry in 11th straight win over Raptors

16 February, 2017, 00:24 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • NBA Free Play of the Day Raptors vs Bulls

Jakob Poeltl started his second game in Patterson's place, but with the imminent arrival of Ibaka, a power forward hole has been filled. The Bulls went on to score 34 points in the quarter, and the (C)Raptors simply couldn't match their intensity on either end of the floor, resulting in a 58-39 lead for Chicago at the end of the first half. In the last four games, he's averaged 24 points on 62% shooting from the field.

The third quarter proved to be sloppy for both teams, as neither squad managed to score ten points prior to the six minute mark. Norman Powell and Corey Joseph came off the bench to provide support when the Raptors looked quite lifeless and the Bulls looked well on their way to re-establishing whatever this level of success is against this particular opponent. He also picked up a technical foul in the first quarter. Though DeRozan had a dunk and some freethrows to help inch the Craptors a bit closer towards the end of the period, the Bulls still entered the final twelve minutes with a 78-64 lead. Three minutes later, they would have the lead reduced to eight points.

Tuesday, Butler didn't have to be Superman in his return from missing four of the last five games with a right heel injury, though he took the extra defensive attention to dish out 12 assists and scored 19 points, with 15 of those points coming from the free-throw line as he was just 2-for-10 from the field. Butler ranks behind only Michael Jordan in accomplishing that feat most often during a season in Bulls history.

Tuesday's performance marked the eighth time this season Butler has attempted at least 15 free throws in a game, according to ESPN Stats & Information reseach.

Despite how many times the Bulls tried to brush off the fact they have now knocked off the Raptors 11 times in a row, the players understand that they have a huge mental edge on a Toronto group that has no answers for the up-and-down Bulls.

Steve Smith encourages his team to sledge Virat Kohli & Co
Adding to his honourable stats, the 30-year-old is fifth on the all-time list for 10-wicket hauls, claiming seven in his 45 Tests. Prasad retained the same squad which defeated Bangladesh by 208 runs in the one-off Test match at Hyderabad .

"He just did a great job of finding us and telling us to shoot it when he was passing it to us". He finished with a double-double, scoring 19 points and serving up 12 assists.

ABOUT THE RAPTORS (32-23): It was less than a month ago that Toronto was putting pressure on the Cleveland Cavaliers atop the East, but the recent slump and Sunday's blown lead are pushing the team back and dragging the spirits down.

Doug McDermott led the Bulls with 20 points, Butler added 17, while Taj Gibson scored 14 on a night when the Bulls shot nearly 50 per cent from the floor.

Kyle Lowry scored 22 points on 8 of 17 shooting, including 4 of 11 from beyond the arc, while DeMar DeRozan had 18 points, making 5 of 19 field goal attempts. The Bulls won't be able to hang their hats on this one for long, however, as they will have a National TV game on TNT against the Boston Celtics on Thursday before the start of the All-Star break.

Recommended:

  • Is Your Partner Netflix Cheating On You?

    Is Your Partner Netflix Cheating On You?

    Netflix cheat-watching infographic, that shows 46 percent of streaming couples admit to cheat-watching. Meanwhile, the most loyal Netflix partners are the Dutch, where 73 percent have never cheated.
    Jennifer Lopez Just Adores Drake

    Jennifer Lopez Just Adores Drake

    I hope they give Rihanna some awards tonight for that Work song, because that was a big ass song and she deserves it". Drake , now on a tour to Europe couldn't make his presence at the event and award nights show.
    China deploying troops at North Korea border after assassination

    China deploying troops at North Korea border after assassination

    Michiyo Ishida of Channel News Asia, citing Japan's Kyodo News, also reported that the killers' bodies were found. Do we know who did it? Kim Jong-nam was murdered at an Kuala Lumpur International Airport earlier this week.
  • Adele Opens 2017 Grammys with Best Pop Solo Winner 'Hello'

    Adele Opens 2017 Grammys with Best Pop Solo Winner 'Hello'

    The latter won best rap performance and best rap song for Hotline Bling - Drizzy's hit single from his fourth studio album Views. The awards were announced during a non-televised ceremony ahead of the main show at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles .
    Almost  700 Undocumented Immigrants Arrested in Recent Raids

    Almost 700 Undocumented Immigrants Arrested in Recent Raids

    ICE spokesperson Rose Richeson said Ramirez is a "self-admitted gang member", NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reported . "This is outrageous. The officers had arrived at the home to arrest Ramirez's father, though it was unclear why, according to the Reuters report.
    Snow ending, high winds possible Monday

    Snow ending, high winds possible Monday

    The highest wind gust recorded was a White Plains airport, just over the border from Greenwich. The strong wind can make driving hard , especially for high-profile vehicles.
  • Stock Jumping Abnormally High: Fossil Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOSL)

    Stock Jumping Abnormally High: Fossil Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOSL)

    Fossil Group, Inc is a design, marketing and distribution company that specializes in consumer fashion accessories. The stock stands almost $17.01 off versus the 52-week high of $67.1 and $2.04 above the 52-week low of $48.05.
    Barca bid for Monaco's Fabinho

    Barca bid for Monaco's Fabinho

    Manchester United and Manchester City are reportedly battling each other in the pursuit of Monaco defender Djibril Sidibe. Joao added: "We like Manchester United and [Jose] Mourinho's work, but we have a soft spot for Manchester City ".
    Di Maria scores 2 as PSG batters Barcelona 4-0 in ECL

    Di Maria scores 2 as PSG batters Barcelona 4-0 in ECL

    Thomas Meunier surged forward from right-back and set up Cavani, who thumped home his 34th goal of the season in all competitions. It's fair to say no one saw that coming. "They have top quality players; they made some good signings in January", Gomes said.
  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (TEVA) Issues FY17 Earnings Guidance

    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (TEVA) Issues FY17 Earnings Guidance

    The institutional investor owned 126,484 shares of the company's stock after buying an additional 6,100 shares during the period. Sharkey Howes & Javer raised its stake in shares of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited by 21.7% in the second quarter.

    Peugeot and Citroen in talks to buy Opel

    Within this framework, General Motors and PSA Group regularly examine additional expansion and cooperation possibilities, as well. Investors applauded the rekindling of the sale concept, driving GM shares up 4.3% to $37.05 in pre-market trading Tuesday.
    Apple Music to get app talent show with celebrity judges

    Apple Music to get app talent show with celebrity judges

    The interview began with Kafka questioning Apple's video ambitions. "We're not out trying to buy a bunch of shows", he said. Cue said that the show was a means to promote Apple Music and offer something unique that hasn't been seen on TV before.


Popular

YouTube cancels Scare PewDiePie premium show
All this would likely put a dent in Pewd's income, but he's still allowed to monetize videos through the usual ways on YouTube. Kjellberg, a big star of Disney-owned Maker Studios, has 53 million subscribers to his " PewDiePie " YouTube channel.

Magic agree to trade Ibaka to Raptors
Ibaka will instantly be able to step in and give them solid production in a position where they've needed help all season long. Following two seasons of drama and trade rumors , he has blended in with stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

Dana White UFC 208 Post-Fight Interviews
It's watching a man you once stood in awe of become suddenly human, suddenly ordinary, and for MMA fans, it's a sad sight indeed. Holly Holm? Had referee Todd Anderson followed protocol, the result could have been much, much different.

India Strategic Partnership on display at Aero India 2017
Betting big on 'Make in India, ' Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself had formally kicked off the last air show. Seventy-two aircraft, both on static and flying display, will be part of the show.

Prue Leith: Is she Bake Off's new Mary Berry?
Her role co-presenting My Kitchen Rules, a competitive cookery series on Channel 4 last Autumn, was effectively an audition for the Bake Off job.