Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors: Bulls continue to have Raptors number

They only hope it continues.

In his last four games against Toronto, McDermott averaged 24.0 points on 62 percent in the field.

"We needed to come out and play hard, win or lose", Hoiberg said.

Now what remains left to be seen is whether the Bulls can put their recent struggles behind them and regroup in time to keep themselves in contention for a playoff spot.

Doug McDermott scored 20, Taj Gibson added 14 points and Rajon Rondo chipped in with 12 as the Bulls ended a three-game skid, notching their 27th win in 56 outings.

Toronto's last victory in the series was December 31, 2013, in Chicago. "If I feel like I need an MRI when I get back to (Chicago), then I'll do that, more so the hand than the wrist, I think".

"Right now, we're a way below.500 team", Lowry said. It's insane right now. "When it comes to practice time, we have to be able to take things on the go and run with it". He was whistled for his second technical foul with 25 seconds left and ejected from the game.

Chicago did a good job initially of limiting the effectiveness of Tortrashto's best players, as DeMar DeRozan failed to convert his first five shot attempts and Kyle Lowry scored a mere two points in the quarter.

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You can view the Bulls second half schedule here.

Gibson had all of his scoring in the first half as the Bulls shot 51 percent from the field while taking a 58-39 lead. "We can (get back to our previous form) but it has to be quick", All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan told reporters.

McDermott may have paced the way, but playing with Wade, Nikola Mirotic and Paul Zipser, the Bulls proved to have plenty in their reserve. That's all there is to say.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Bulls are 4.5-point home underdogs versus the Raptors after opening as a 5-point dog. C Jonas Valanciunias scored 12 points and nine rebounds in 21:30.

Toronto coach Dwane Casey wasted no time to review film of Ibaka, who was acquired from Orlando in exchange for F-G Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick. Over the last three seasons, Serge Ibaka is the only player in the National Basketball Association with over 200 three-pointers made and 300 blocked shots in this time span.

In particular, Ibaka represents an upgrade at the defensive end.

The Bulls lost to the Timberwolves in Minnesota, 117-89, on Sunday for their third straight loss.

"Bobby has got an opportunity with Niko out of the lineup right now, and we're confident he will take advantage of that", Holberg said. But the Bulls are no closer to finding out any true answers before the All-Star break - other than the fact the Raptors have no answer for them.

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