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Saturday, January 26, 2019
WINDY CITY DROPS SECOND CONSECUTIVE GAME, LOSE 102-98 TO RAPTORS 905
The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO Harris Bank, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, dropped their second consecutive game with a 102-98 loss to the Raptors 905 on Saturday afternoon at Paramount Fine Foods Centre.
Four Bulls players scored in double figures led by CJ Fair who tallied 23 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals on 9-of-15 shooting. Walt Lemon Jr. had 18 points, five rebounds and nine assists, while Brandon Sampson totaled 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Ferrakohn Hall added 10 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals, and Rawle Alkins had nine points off the bench.
The 905 were led by their Two-Way players, Jordan Loyd and Chris Boucher. Boucher recorded his 13th double-double of the season and led all players with 25 points to go with 13 rebounds and five blocks, while Loyd posted his first career triple-double and tallied 24 points, career-high 17 rebounds, 11 assists and two steals. Newly acquired Josh Adams had 21 points, six rebounds and four assists in a reserve role and Duane Notice pitched in with 13 points.
Windy City’s offense was in rhythm at the start as they made five of their first eight baskets of the game and jumped out to an early 12-3 lead. Conversely, the 905 made their first shot of the contest, but managed to shoot just 16 percent upon the first media timeout. Fair had it on automatic as he shot 6-of-7 in the first quarter and led all scorers with 15 points in the period. Windy City shot 45 percent from the floor, 50 percent from three and opened a double-digit advantage late in the period. In total, the Bulls held the 905 to 17 points on 29 percent shooting and as a result, led 28-17 at the end of the opening 12 minutes.
V.J. Beachem scored the first five points of the second quarter, increasing the Bulls lead to 14. Windy City held a double-digit advantage for the entire period and led by as many as 19. Following the Bulls largest lead of the afternoon, the 905 rattled off eight consecutive points to trim the lead to 11, and eventually pulled to within 10 at the end of the half. Both teams shot over 50 percent in the frame, but it was the Raptors who outscored Windy City 29-28 in the quarter. The 905 had a strong close to the stanza, scoring the final six points, but it was Bulls who led 56-46 at the intermission.
The 905’s defensive intensity picked up to start the second half as they forced four turnovers in the opening 5:13 of the third quarter. Windy City’s turnovers led to the Raptors scoring 10 of the first 15 points of the period to cut the lead to five. The Raptors eventually tied the game at 64 and took a 71-69 lead, which forced a Bulls timeout with 2:24 remaining in the quarter. The 905’s two-point lead marked their first advantage since leading 3-2 in the opening 90 seconds of the contest and Boucher led the way with 14 third quarter points. The Raptors outpaced the Bulls by eight points in the quarter, but two late free throws by Wilder gave Windy City a 78-76 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.
Alkins entered the game ranking sixth in fourth quarter points this season and he made his mark to start the final frame on Saturday. He tallied Windy City’s first five points of the stanza to give the Bulls a six-point lead and some breathing room. The six points represented Windy City’s largest lead of the quarter, but it was quickly erased as the Raptors jumped ahead 90-88 on a pair of free throws by Loyd. The fourth quarter featured three ties and three lead changes, but with 2:06 remaining, the 905 made it a 100-96 game on a put back, lay in by Kyle Collinsworth. Windy City made it a one possession game with under two minutes to play but were unable to tie or retake the lead. The Raptors outscored the Bulls by six the final period and grabbed their 18th win of the season, 102-98.
The Bulls have lost four of their previous five games and are 2-8 all-time against the Raptors 905. Additionally, Windy City is back under the .500 mark for the first time since Jan. 1.
Windy City will enjoy three days off before continuing their four-game road swing on Wednesday night against the Delaware Blue Coats. Tip-off at 76ers Fieldhouse is set for 6:00pm CT.
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