Mar 14, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard John Lucas (15) celebrates after scoring a three-point shot in the first half against the Miami Heat at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Bulls Vs. Raptors: Chicago Stuns Toronto With 102-101 Overtime Win

The Chicago Bulls host the Toronto Raptors in the teams' second match up of the week.

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Joakim Noah Apologizes For Incident, Ejection Against Toronto

Chicago Bulls starting center Joakim Noah apologized to the officiating crew of Saturday night's game between the Bulls and the Toronto Raptors for the actions that led to his ejection from the game in the second quarter, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago.

I just want to apologize to the referee. That was wrong. I was frustrated at the call and I overreacted... I don't know what's going to happen about that. But I just want to apologize to the ref.

With 1:28 remaining in the first half, Noah was whistled for a foul that he immediately disagreed with. After being slapped with a technical foul for his response to the whistle, Noah proceeded to toss a ball in the direction of referee Derrick Collins, which led to a second technical and his ejection from the game.

Despite Noah's absence, the Bulls won 102-101 in overtime thanks to a buzzer-beating tip-in by Luol Deng.

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NBA Standings 2012: Bulls Exit Week With NBA's Best Record

The Chicago Bulls needed overtime to escape the United Center with a victory over the lowly Toronto Raptors, but a win is a win, and with a 40-10 record, the Bulls are guaranteed to exit the week with the NBA's best record. Their chief competition, the Miami Heat, take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road on Sunday night, and a loss by the Heat (35-11) would drop them to 3.5 games back of the Bulls in the race for the East's top spot.

The Bulls are 10.5 games ahead of the Indiana Pacers in the Central Division, and with that "race" having as little suspense as humanly possible, the other thing that Bulls fans can keep an eye on is the race for the Eastern Conference's eighth seed. Right now, that spot is occupied the New York Knicks (24-25), but they are only two games behind the Boston Celtics (25-22) and 2.5 games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks (22-26), and Boston has one of the toughest schedules in the NBA heading down the stretch.

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Bulls Vs. Raptors Final Score: Last Second Goal From Deng Give Bulls 102-101 OT Win

The Chicago Bulls (40-10) feel down 10 points early to the Toronto Raptors (16-33) and did not finish any regulation quarter leading the Raptors, but managed to come away with a dramatic 102-101 overtime victory in the United Center on Saturday night.

PF Jose Calderon (20 Pts, 6 Reb, 10 Ast), SF James Johnson (20 Pts, 8 Reb) and F Gary Forbes (12 Pts, 13 Reb) played exceptionally, but they could not find a solution to SF Luol Deng (23 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast), PF Carlos Boozer (24 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast) and PG C.J. Watson (23 Pts, 3 Reb) late in the game. After a harrowing 4th quarter comeback, the Bulls combined good luck and timely rebounding to pull out a spectacular, last-second overtime win.

Through the first four minutes of the overtime period, the Bulls and Raptors swapped twos, putting the score at 100-100 with only 30 seconds remaining. James Johnson drew a foul with 15 seconds left, but missed his first shot -- 101-100, Raptors. Then a blocked layup attempt from Deng led to another pair of free throws from Forbes -- who stunningly missed both attempts.

Getting the ball with just 6 seconds remaining, Watson drove to the net, but his jumper fell short -- until Deng appeared from the crowd and gently pushed the missed shot over the mouth of the goal. Replays showed the ball left his hand just milliseconds before the goal lit up, and the Bulls stormed from the court as the 102-101 winners.

Chicago, playing without PG Derrick Rose and SG Richard Hamilton, as well as C Joakim Noah, ejected in the first half, improve their NBA-best record to 40-10. If the Bulls manage to win the remaining 17 games of their shortened regular season schedule, the team will finish the second-best winning percentage in franchise history, behind only the 1995-1996 Bulls team.

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Bulls Vs. Raptors Score Update: Game tied 94-94, Heading To Overtime

The Chicago Bulls entered the fourth quarter down by two points after trailing the Toronto Raptors at the end of each preceding quarter, but the Bulls managed to narrow the deficit and push the game to overtime, both teams tied at 94. And despite entering the 4th quarter with just 10 points, PG C.J. Watson -- starting for the injured PG Derrick Rose -- played exceptionally through the fourth quarter and finished regulation with 23 points as he landed several key three-pointers to help the Bulls back into the game.

With under a minute remaining, Amir Johnson landed an alley-oop dunk to give the Raptors a 94-93 lead, but Watson responded with drive to the net and a successful, game-tying free throw to put the game at 94-94. When the Raptors got the ball back, they drained the shot clock to its waning moments -- attempting to leave the Bulls with less than 10 seconds in their final possession -- but despite several near-misses and a pair of offensive rebounds, the Raptors were unable to score, but got the ball on a debatable out of bounds call.

With just ticks remaining on the game clock, the Raptors got the ball to a wide-open C Andrea Bargnani, who fired a three-point attempt that popped halfway into the goal and then back out to send the game to overtime.

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Bulls Vs. Raptors Score Update: Toronto Leads 73-71 Heading Into Final Quarter

The Chicago Bulls will be looking for some help from the Bench Mob in the final quarter against the Toronto Raptors. Trailing the Raptors 73-71 heading into the final quarter, the Bulls will need to find a rhythm with their reserves as they are currently without PG Derrick Rose, SG Richard Hamilton and C Joakim Noah.

PF Carlos Boozer had only 4 points at the half, but after a strong showing in the third quarter, Boozer's totals jumped to 18 points and 7 rebounds. With Noah out after a pair of technical fouls, Marquette alum G Jimmy Butler found his way into the game and posted his first minutes since Monday's game in Orlando.

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Bulls Vs. Raptors Score Update: Noah Ejected, Toronto Leads 55-50

The Chicago Bulls will be looking for a second-half comeback without the services of C Joakim Noah. The Bulls enter halftime with the Toronto Raptors leading 55-50, and now are down three key starters with PG Derrick Rose and SG Richard Hamilton injured and now Noah ejected for lashing out a referee after a foul call.

Late in the second quarter, PG Jose Calderon drove to the net, drawing a foul from Noah. But, after the official's whistle blew, Noah began verbally expressing his frustrations and then threw the ball to -- or, perhaps more accurately, at -- the referee. Drawing a pair of technical fouls (which gave Calderon and the Raptors two more points), Noah then hit the locker room.

SF Luol Deng currently leads the Bulls in points (14), rebounds (6) and minutes (21), but the Bulls have also received a strong performance from the Bench Mob, getting 20 points our of their reserves in just about 11 minutes on the floor.

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Bulls Vs. Raptors Score Update: Raptors Up 30-20 After One

For the second time in a week, the Chicago Bulls have come out sluggishly vs. the Toronto Raptors. In the first quarter of Saturday night's game, the Bulls defense was what let the team down, allowing the Raptors to make 12 of their 21 shots from the field en route to a 30-20 lead.

Ex-Bull James Johnson, along with Raptors star Andrea Bargnani, led Toronto with eight points each; Bargnani also scooped up four rebounds. The Raptors as a team took seven free throws (and made five) while the Bulls were only able to get to the line for two shots, and Chicago was also outrebounded by the Raptors by a margin of 14-8.

The Bulls were 0-5 from three point range in the game, with Luol Deng missing two en route to a 2-6 shooting quarter from the field. The Bulls were led by Deng's inefficient six points (though he did add two rebounds and two assists) and by C.J. Watson, who also tallied six points.

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Bulls Vs. Raptors Preview: Chicago Looks For Second Straight Over Toronto

The Chicago Bulls took the first game of a rare home-and-home (well, at least for the Bulls) with the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night, pulling out a methodical 94-82 over the lowly Raptors without any help from Derrick Rose, who once again watched from the bench. Rose is unlikely to play on Saturday either, but the Bulls will once again be the heavy favorite even without the reigning MVP.

The Bulls have been off since Wednesday— which must seem like weeks in this compressed season— but the Raptors will enter Saturday night's game with a bit of momentum. Toronto crushed the New York Knicks on Friday night 96-79 thanks to 30 points from DeMar DeRozan and 21 points from Andrea Bargnani. In Wednesday night's loss to Chicago, the Raptors shot only 41% from the field and one of eight from three. DeRozan scored 23 points, but he only made 11 of his 25 shots.

Game date/time: Saturday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. CT

Location: United Center, Chicago, Ill.

TV: WGN

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Raptors Vs. Bulls Final Score: Chicago's John Lucas III And Kyle Korver Spark Comeback Victory

The Chicago Bulls entered the fourth quarter tonight against the Toronto Raptors down 69-62, but John Lucas III and Kyle Korver fueled a comeback as the Bulls picked up a 94-82 win. Toronto scored just 31 points in the second half. The win is the sixth for Chicago in the last seven games and improves the team a league-best 39-10 overall record. The Raptors wall to 15-31 with the loss.

Luol Deng led Chicago with 17 points and 10 rebounds on 5-of-16 shooting. C.J. Watson, who got the start at point guard for the injured Derrick Rose, scored 15 on 5-of-11 shooting that included three makes from downtown. Lucas had 12 points and Korver had 10 points.

DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 23 points and six rebounds. James Johnson had 16 points and seven rebounds.

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Bulls Vs. Raptors Score Update: Chicago Trails 69-62 After Three Quarters

The Chicago Bulls are trailing 69-62 against the Toronto Raptors after three quarters on Wednesday night. The Bulls don't have starting point guard Derrick Rose as he recovers from a groin injury, and the offense has struggled a good deal in his absence.

Turnovers have been an issue tonight for the Bulls, as they've turned the ball over 13 times while forcing just six. The Raptors haven't done anything from long range tonight, making just one three-pointer, but they've neutralized Chicago's rebounding advantage while making shots inside.

Luol Deng has 15 points to lead the Bulls but failed to score in the third quarter, C.J. Watson has 13 points and Ronnie Brewer has 12 points. DeMar DeRozan leads the Raptors with 21 points on 10-of-21 shooting while former Bull James Johnson has added 12 points.

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Bulls Vs. Raptors Score Update: Toronto Leads 51-43 At Halftime

The Chicago Bulls struggled with their shooting in the second quarter and now they trail 51-43 against the Toronto Raptors going into halftime on Wednesday. The Bulls led by four points after the first quarter, but stumbled on both ends in the second quarter.

After shooting fairly well in the first period, the Bulls shot just 7-of-24 (29 percent) in the second quarter, also struggling with keeping possession, too. With ten turnovers in the first half, the Bulls were uncharacteristically sloppy without their star player.

Luol Deng leads the Bulls with 15 points and five rebounds while C.J. Watson has knocked down a pair of three-pointers en route to ten points. DeMar DeRozan leads the Raptors with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting, and Jose Calderon has added six assists while leading the Toronto offense.

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Bulls Vs. Raptors Score Update: Chicago Leads 27-23 After First Quarter

The Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls are leading 27-23 over the Toronto Raptors after one quarter on Wednesday night. The Bulls did a strong job of rebounding in the first quarter and got solid shooting across the board.

So far, Chicago has a 13-8 advantage on rebounds while knocking down 50 percent of its shots, allowing the Bulls to survive even without their star player. Toronto is also shooting 50 percent so far from the field, but they haven't made any three-point shots and have just one free throw attempt.

Luol Deng leads the Bulls with 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting. DeMar DeRozan leads Toronto with 11 points so far.

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Derrick Rose Injury: Bulls PG Is Out Against Toronto

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose isn't playing against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night as he recovers from a strained groin. His back-up, C.J. Watson, is starting in his place, so expect him and John Lucas III to get significant playing time.

This is the 15th game that Rose has missed this season due to injury, as he's fought through a variety of ailments to lead the Bulls to the best record in the Eastern Conference. He's now missed five straight games with the groin issue, which he sustained against the Knicks over a week ago.

The Bulls are 10-4 this season without Rose, so they should be okay against a lowly Toronto team. With a 2.5-game lead against the Miami Heat in the standings and 18 games remaining, the Bulls have the top seed for the playoffs in their reach.

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Derrick Rose Injury: Bulls PG Will Be Game-Time Decision In Toronto

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Toronto Raptors as he recovers from a pulled groin that he suffered on March 12 against the New York Knicks. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters that the team will determine Rose's status for the game just before its start.

The injury occurred in the Bulls' win against the Knicks when Jeremy Lin made an impressive block on one of Rose's drives to the hoop early in the game. Rose fought through the injury during the night, but he's missed the past four games as he gets healthy.

Rose has already missed 14 games this season with a variety of injuries, but the Bulls are 10-4 without him in the lineup. The reigning MVP has averaged 22.8 points and eight assists per game this season.

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Bulls Vs. Raptors Preview: Bulls Look To Keep Lead Over Heat

The Chicago Bulls break out their passports as they head to north to take on the lowly Raptors.

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