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Raptors Blow Away The Bulls In Windy City
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Raptors 110 78 Bulls
Asif Hossain
December 5, 2009
United Center
Chicago, IL


It was really all over in the first half, but Jarrett Jack put the night in perspective when he began tying his shoelaces in the middle of possession, with the basketball tucked under his right arm, as the clock ticked down at the end of the third quarter.

The game was well out of hand at this point and the Bulls aware that the Raps would run the clock down instead of driving. Jack didn't intend any disrespect, and there certainly weren't any issues such as the LeBron James dancing incident Friday against Chicago. But Jack's nonchalance illustrated just how dominant the Raptors were on the night.



Raptors fans are getting used to big nights from Chris Bosh and he didn't disappoint in Chicago.

The big man hit nine of his 12 shots from the field, sunk all seven free throws, grabbed 12 boards and in just 22 minutes scored 25 points. His NBA leading 18th double-double was achieved by the third quarter and Bosh was given a well earned rest for much of the second half as the Raps bench preserved and built on the lead.


While DeMar DeRozan is a worthy candidate, Marco Belinelli's production on the night must be noted.

To help put a bad game behind him, the guard cropped off the facial scruff for a clean look against Chicago. It seemed to work. Belinelli followed up his zero point output against the Wizards a night earlier, with 15 off the bench to become the Raps second leading scorer against the Bulls. He also added five rebounds and three assists.


The Bulls starting five were no match for the Raptors from the first whistle. The visiting fab five outscored the home starters 62-44.

The Raptors jumped out to a 37-16 lead at the end of the first quarter and it was 64-44 at half. It wasn't so much the margin of lead, but the mood and body language of Chicago players that suggested there was no coming back. The frustration culminated in Bulls centre Joakim Noah getting ejected for a second technical foul in the third quarter.


"Hold a team to 39% shooting, everyone helping each other, and a consistent effort by all five guys on most possessions. That's the way we are going to have to play if we are going to win basketball games. - Jay Triano


Tue., Dec. 8 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
7:00 PM ET (The Score, FAN 590)

Minnesota has the worst record in the Western Conference with just three wins from 20 games. However, they did win their last game over Utah, a team that was nine and a half games ahead of them in the standings before the two teams met in Minnesota on Saturday night, when the Wolves upset the Jazz 108-101. Ryan Gomes scored 23 points, Al Jefferson scored 15 and pulled down 11 rebounds, and Kevin Love returned from a fractured hand injury to score 18 and grab 10 off the bench.

The Numbers
39% Bulls shooting percentage on the night. Raps shot 48% from the field
5 The win was the Raptors' fifth straight over the Bulls
23 Number of Raptors free throws made on 26 attempts
18 Number of offensive rebounds for the Raptors
27-15 Number of assists for Raptors and Bulls respectively
They Said It...
Chris Bosh "It feels like I might be able to have a choice in doing something tomorrow, other than just recover. Maybe, I'll go to the mall or something." - Chris Bosh on playing fewer minutes for a change.
DeMar DeRozan "I think he is teaching me how to speak Spanish. When I say 'Amigo' he knows to lob it up there." - DeMar DeRozan joking about his on-court connection with Jose Calderon as the guard sets him up for monster dunks.
Jose Calderon "Yeah we got three days and it was a 30 point game ... I feel a little (pain) in my groin but I think it'll be alright before Tuesday" - Jose Calderon on the slight injury that limited his play to just under 19 minutes.
Fantasy Alert
Chris Bosh
24.4 PPG, 12.1 RPG, 48.2 FG%

Notes: Chris Bosh stood out once again on a night when the offensive contribution was distributed throughout the lineup on both teams. His 25 points and 12 rebounds were game highs in both categories.
Jarrett Jack
8.4 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.7 APG

Notes: Jarrett Jack was able to play for 32 minutes with the game well in hand and the injury to Calderon. Depending on how the Raps' Spanish guard recovers, Jack may be able to get more minutes against the Wolves Tuesday.