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Bulls, Raptors clash in Toronto

(SportsNetwork.com) - Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau deserves a lot of credit for keeping his team competitive through the course of the season.

Thibodeau hopes that success carries over in the post All-Star break schedule, starting with Wednesday's road matchup against the Toronto Raptors.

The Bulls and Raptors are jockeying for playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference, as Chicago sits fourth in the standings -- 1 1/2 games behind Toronto. Chicago, which has dealt with a litany of injuries, including the loss of guard Derrick Rose, headed to the break with three straight wins and a 15-7 record since Jan. 2.

In last Thursday's 92-76 triumph over the Brooklyn Nets, a 10-point advantage (29-19) after the first quarter set the tone and the Bulls later scored a 23-15 edge in the final stanza. Taj Gibson, who was filling in for Carlos Boozer in the starting lineup, led the way with 16 points off the bench.

Boozer had missed three straight games with a calf injury and returned to post 15 points and 10 rebounds. Mike Dunleavy, Jimmy Butler and All-Star Joakim Noah all scored 14 points with Noah grabbing 13 rebounds.

"We have to look at our team in totality. For us to achieve, we need Carlos to play well. With our depth up front, we have three starters and they all have to sacrifice," Tom Thibodeau.

Noah has pulled down 10 or more rebounds in 23 of his last 24 games, and tallied eight points, five boards and five assists in the All-Star Game.

"I had a great time. I'm a little tired, but there's time to rest," Noah said of All-Star weekend. "The court is always the best part. It always feels good to win no matter what situation. I like competing. It was fun."

The Bulls are last in the NBA offensively with 92.3 ppg, but are second in opponents' scoring at 92.3 ppg. Opposing teams are shooting just 43.4 percent against the Bulls, who are 12-15 on the road and recently went 3-3 on a recent trip.

Meanwhile, the Raptors continued to roll with Tuesday's 103-93 victory at Washington thanks to Kyle Lowry's 24 points and 10 assists.

"I just was getting more looks, trying to attack a little more," said Lowry. "That first game out of the break is always tough and I didn't want to let that be an excuse for us to lose the game."

DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson and Greivis Vasquez scored 14 points apiece, and both Patrick Patterson and Jonas Valanciunas netted 10. The Raptors made 42- of-74 shots (56.8 percent) and have won three straight and nine of the last 13 contests.

Toronto now leads the Atlantic Division by four games ahead of Brooklyn and will open a three-game homestand Wednesday versus Chicago, Cleveland and Orlando. The Raptors have won three in a row at home and are 14-10 at Air Canada Centre. Since Jan. 1, the Dinos are 9-2 as the host.

East teams have a 5-10 record north of the border this season.

The Raptors have won twice in three meetings with Chicago this season, but dropped a 96-80 decision at home back on Nov. 15. The Bulls have won nine of the past 14 overall matchups in this series and are 13-6 in the previous 19 trips to Air Canada Centre.

02/19 09:50:53 ET

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Schedule

Wednesday, April 16Full Scoreboard
Chicago 4/16 7:00 PM ET
Charlotte CSN-CHI, SportSouth
Indiana 4/16 7:00 PM ET
Orlando FSN-IN, FSN-FL
Washington 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Boston CSN-DC, CSN-NE
Brooklyn 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Cleveland YES, FSN-OH
Dallas 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Memphis FSN-SW, SportSouth, ESPN
Philadelphia 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Miami CSN-PHI, SunSports
Atlanta 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Milwaukee SportSouth, FSN-WIS
Utah 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Minnesota ROOT-RM, FSN-N
Houston 4/16 8:00 PM ET
New Orleans CSN-HOU, FSN-NO
Toronto 4/16 8:00 PM ET
New York Sportsnet 360, MSG
Detroit 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City FSN-DET, FSN-OK
LA Lakers 4/16 8:00 PM ET
San Antonio TWC SN, FSN-SW
Golden State 4/16 10:30 PM ET
Denver ESPN, CSN-BA+, Altitude
LA Clippers 4/16 10:30 PM ET
Portland FSN-PT, KGW
Phoenix 4/16 10:30 PM ET
Sacramento FSN-AZ, CSN-CA
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 33 .593 --- 26-15 22-18 32-19 W 2
x-Brooklyn 44 37 .543 4 28-13 16-24 26-25 L 1
New York 36 45 .444 12 18-22 18-23 25-26 W 3
Boston 25 56 .309 23 16-24 9-32 21-30 L 1
Philadelphia 18 63 .222 30 10-31 8-32 13-38 W 1
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 55 26 .679 --- 35-6 20-20 37-14 W 1
x-Chicago 48 33 .593 7 27-14 21-19 35-16 W 1
Cleveland 32 49 .395 23 18-22 14-27 20-31 L 2
Detroit 29 52 .358 26 17-24 12-28 23-29 L 3
Milwaukee 15 66 .185 40 10-30 5-36 12-39 L 2
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 27 .667 --- 32-8 22-19 34-17 L 2
x-Washington 43 38 .531 11 22-19 21-19 32-19 W 3
x-Charlotte 42 39 .519 12 24-16 18-23 29-22 W 2
x-Atlanta 37 44 .457 17 24-17 13-27 27-24 L 1
Orlando 23 58 .284 31 19-21 4-37 17-34 L 3
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 58 23 .716 --- 33-7 25-16 36-16 L 2
x-Portland 53 28 .654 5 30-10 23-18 30-21 W 4
Minnesota 40 41 .494 18 24-16 16-25 23-28 L 2
Denver 36 45 .444 22 22-18 14-27 20-31 L 1
Utah 24 57 .296 34 16-25 8-32 12-39 L 5
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 24 .704 --- 34-7 23-17 36-15 W 2
x-Golden State 50 31 .617 7 27-14 23-17 30-21 W 1
Phoenix 47 34 .580 10 26-15 21-19 27-24 L 3
Sacramento 28 53 .346 29 17-23 11-30 15-36 W 1
LA Lakers 26 55 .321 31 14-27 12-28 14-37 W 1
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 19 .765 --- 32-8 30-11 38-13 L 1
x-Houston 54 27 .667 8 33-8 21-19 31-20 W 2
x-Dallas 49 32 .605 13 26-15 23-17 29-22 W 1
x-Memphis 49 32 .605 13 26-14 23-18 28-23 W 4
New Orleans 33 48 .407 29 21-19 12-29 14-37 W 1
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
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CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
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NYY 3
CHC 0
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STL 1
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NYM 5
 
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CHC
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ATL
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DEN
GSW
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LAC
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PHO
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