The Chicago Bulls earned a solid 122-113 win over the Toronto Raptors Thursday night to strengthen their hold on the East's No. 10 seed.
Led by 22 points and 13 assists from Zach LaVine, Chicago was no match for a shorthanded Toronto team that dressed just eight active players. Still, those that were active put forth a valiant effort, with Chris Boucher recording career-highs of 38 points and 19 rebounds.
If you missed any of the action, check below as we provided live score updates, news, stats and highlights from throughout a crucial game.
Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls: Live score, updates, news, stats and highlights
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9:42 p.m. - Don't look now but Toronto has cut it to seven.
With 2:20 remaining the Bulls lead 115-108.
9:35 p.m. - This one's winding down and it looks like the Bulls will make it three wins in a row.
With 5:00 remaining in the game, Chicago leads 113-96.
Toronto will have to act fast if it has one final push left.
End of Third Quarter: Chicago Bulls 97, Toronto Raptors 79
9:15 p.m. - With one quarter remaining, Toronto is still down big.
Behind 20 points from Nikola Vucevic, Chicago takes an 18-point lead into the fourth quarter. The Bulls have also scored 35 bench points to the Raptors' nine.
Toronto is led by 27 points from Pascal Siakam and a 25-point, 13-rebound double-double from Chris Boucher. It's been a rough outing for OG Anunoby, who has 10 points on 4-for-16 shooting.
The Raptors have one quarter to rally and make things interesting.
8:58 p.m. - We're approaching the midway point of the third frame and the Raptors are scrapping but the Bulls are up 14.
Chicago leads 77-63 with 6:33 left in the quarter.
Nikola Vucevic and Zach LaVine lead the way for the Bulls as they've each scored 15 points apiece.
Pascal Siakam leads all scorers with 23 points, while Chris Boucher's efforts have been rewarded as he has 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Vintage Skills right there pic.twitter.com/wLTiAE4RqH- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 9, 2021
Halftime: Chicago Bulls 64, Toronto Raptors 51
8:35 p.m. - One half down, one to go and Chicago leads by 13.
The Bulls are shooting 53.3 percent from the field while the Raptors are shooting just 37.7 percent.
Take a look at some halftime stats:
8:25 p.m. - We're approaching the halftime break and the Bulls remain in command.
Chicago leads 60-43 with 2:29 left.
Pascal Siakam (13) and Chris Boucher (12) lead the way with 25 points on combined 10-for-17 shooting but the rest of the team has scored 18 points on 7-for-30 shooting.
8:15 p.m. - Toronto has hit a drought.
The Bulls now lead 46-29 with 7:37 left until the half.
Zach LaVine is up to a game-high 13 points while Lauri Markkanen and Coby White have scored seven points apiece off the bench.
MEET LAURI AT THE RIM.@NBCSChicago | @MarkkanenLauri pic.twitter.com/ptwcg2IsrV- Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) April 9, 2021
The Raptors are now ice-cold, shooting 12-for-38 (31.6 percent) from the field and 4-for-17 (23.5 percent) from deep.
End of First Quarter: Chicago Bulls 33, Toronto Raptors 27
8:04 p.m. - One quarter is in the books and the Bulls hold a six-point lead.
Chicago is led by a combined 19 points from the All-Star duo of Zach LaVine (11) and Nikola Vucevic (eight).
For Toronto, Chris Boucher and Pascal Siakam lead the way with nine points apiece but Boucher has picked up two fouls early, which is something to keep an eye on as the Raptors have just eight active players.
7:56 p.m. - … And the Bulls have responded.
Chicago leads 23-19 with 4:02 left in the first.
Zach LaVine leads all scorers with 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting while Chris Boucher is up to nine points to lead the Raptors.
Strong cut by Zach.@NBCSChicago | @ZachLaVine pic.twitter.com/JoDGMUBw8l- Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) April 8, 2021
7:45 p.m. - Can't think of a much better way of things to start for the Raptors.
Chris Boucher, who is doing it on both ends is up to seven early points as Toronto leads 11-4 with 8:34 remaining in the first frame.
NO SIR pic.twitter.com/tmfmWnD5Z0- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 8, 2021
The Raptors are 5-for-8 early on while the Bulls are 2-for-9.
7:10 p.m. - Starting for the Bulls: Tomas Satoransky, Zach LaVine, Patrick Williams, Thaddeus Young and Nikola Vucevic.
Starters tonight vs. Toronto.- Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) April 8, 2021
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7:00 p.m. - First career start for Malachi Flynn incoming! He gets the nod alongside Gary Trent Jr., OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Chris Boucher.
Tonight's @Invisalign starting lineup. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/5lTI1E7kf8- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 8, 2021
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