Bulls beat Toronto Raptors 94-92
Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer (left) claims a rebound in front of Toronto Raptors' Patrick Patterson and Bulls' Joakim Noah on Wednesday February 19, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Published Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:04PM EST
TORONTO -- D.J. Augustin scored 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter against his former team to help lead the Chicago Bulls to a 94-92 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.
Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 20 points, Kirk Hinrich scored 19 points and Joakim Noah recorded 13 assists.
DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with a game-high 32 points, Kyle Lowry added 16 points, but shot just 4-for-13.
The Bulls showed little rust despite having the week off with the all-star break. Playing against a Raptors team that played the night before in Washington, Chicago came out strong and led by 10 at the end of the first quarter.
Tensions were high between the teams early as Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and Lowry each picked up technical fouls in the first quarter. Tempers flared early in the second quarter as Chicago's Nazr Mohammed and Toronto's Tyler Hansbrough got entangled and were each called for a technical foul.
Chicago would continue to add to its lead, pulling ahead by as many as 15 before the Raptors called a timeout midway through the second quarter. Coming out of the timeout, Toronto reeled off a 14-2 run before trailing 48-41 at the half.
The Bulls refused to relinquish their lead in a third quarter where the intensity remained high with DeRozan and Boozer called for double technicals. Hansbrough once again found himself tangled with a Bulls player, this time Mike Dunleavy, and the two picked up double fouls.
Chicago led 70-62 after three quarters, and back-to-back three-pointers from Augustin to open the fourth put the Bulls up by 10. The Bulls got stops when they needed them down the stretch and escaped with a victory after DeRozan's 43-foot heave at the buzzer missed the mark.