x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Raptors swoop down on the Bulls

Chris Bosh scored 25 points and made 12 rebounds for Raptors as Chicago Bulls are restricted to their worst shooting performance.

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, left, goes up for a shot against Chicago Bulls centre Joakim Noah.
Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, left, goes up for a shot against Chicago Bulls centre Joakim Noah.

Chris Bosh scored 25 points and made 12 rebounds while his Toronto Raptors teammates helped restrict the Chicago Bulls to their worst shooting performance of the season to cruise to a 110-78 victory on Saturday. A 37-16 first quarter set the tone for the Raptors, who limited the Bulls to 20 or fewer points in three of the four quarters, to win their second consecutive game after they had lost their previous five.

Jose Calderon said team work was the secret to the team's new improved form. He told ESPN: "The last couple of games we saw everybody helping each other, everybody telling everybody if you make a mistake it doesn't matter. "Somebody will help you. It's no problem at all." Chicago shot only 39 per cent from the floor, their lowest rate of the season. Guard Marco Belinelli added 15 points for Toronto while three other Raptors scored 10 or more points. John Salmons and Jannero Pargo led Chicago with 13 each. Brad Miller was the only other Bull in double figures with 11 points.

The Charlotte Bobcats bounced back from Friday's loss to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 106-105. Raymond Felton scored the winning basket then Andre Iguodala missed at the buzzer for the 76ers, who blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead to slip to a ninth loss in a row. It meant the Bobcats, beaten by New Jersey to end the Nets' worst NBA start at 0-18, stretched the Sixers' two-week winless run.

Ryan Gomes scored 23 points and Kevin Love 18 in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 108-101 victory over the Utah Jazz, while Tony Parker netted 27 points as the Denver Nuggets beat the San Antonio Spurs for a third consecutive win - despite trailing by six at the midway mark. Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams excelled as the Atlanta Hawks ended a five-game winless run in Dallas with an 80-75 win over the Mavericks. The Phoenix Suns pipped the Sacramento Kings 115-107.

The Portland Trail Blazers lost Greg Oden to a knee injury in the 90-89 defeat of the Houston Rockets - Brandon Roy scoring 28 points. Vince Carter scored 27 points while Mickael Pietrus managed a season-high 22 as the Orlando Magic beat the Golden State Warriors 126-118 and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Indiana Pacers 88-72. * With agencies