DeMar DeRozan and the Raptors snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night.
DeRozan scored 42 points and led the Raptors to an overtime win over Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls. The Raptors trailed by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter, but came back in a thriller finish at the Air Canada Centre.
DeRozan on the win
“You don’t want to have something lingering like that and go a couple of seasons where you can’t beat a team,” DeRozan said. “When you’re a competitor, just to have that in the back of your mind, it sucks.”
PJ Tucker hit a couple of threes in the fourth quarter that cut the Bulls lead first to 11 with 5:39 remaining and the second one got it down to 6 with 3:50 left in regulation. DeMar DeRozan assisted Tucker in both of those plays.
Jimmy Butler made a couple of plays down the stretch, first scoring and then stealing the ball on a bad pass by VanVleet on his way to another bucket. Chicago had a 4 point lead with 1:12 remaining when DeRozan answered with back to back buckets to force the game into overtime.
Victory in overtime
Cory Joseph gave Toronto a comfortable 121-115 lead with 17 seconds left in overtime. Butler cut the lead to 2 points with 2 seconds left, but time ran out in Chicago. The Raptors beat Chicago for the first time since December 31, 2013.
Ibaka, Lopez trade punches
Serge Ibaka and Robin Lopez were ejected from the game after trading punches in the third quarter. Ibaka pushed Lopez in the back and then Lopez slammed the ball from Ibaka’s hands. As players and referees try to intervene, Lopez throws a punch at Ibaka and misses. Ibaka counters barely hitting Lopez. Hockey like atmosphere at the Air Canada Centre.