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.
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