The Bulls were competitive for one half of their Super Bowl Sunday matinee against the red-hot Raptors, even taking a 63-60 lead into the break. However, the Raptors turned the tables in the second half, outscoring the Bulls 69-39 in the second half to cruise to a 129-102 victory, their 11th straight overall and 12th straight against Chicago.
The shorthanded Bulls played about as well as they could have hoped in the first half, shooting 46.7% overall and 11-of-24 from 3-point range to rack up those 63 points. The Raptors didn’t have much trouble scoring themselves when they weren’t turning the ball over (nine first-half turnovers, even without Kris Dunn out there), shooting 52.4% overall and 9-of-20 from 3.
Predictably, the Raptors just kept on scoring in the second half as the Bulls totally fell apart. The home team shot nearly 60% from the field to just 31.1% for the Bulls, who went ice cold from distance by going 4-of-24 on 3-pointers in the second half. Terence Davis went crazy off the bench, scoring 18 of his career-high 31 points in the final two quarters. Davis shot 12-of-15 overall and 6-of-7 from 3-land for the game.
Thaddeus Young led the Bulls with 21 points and seven rebounds before fouling out, with 17 of those points coming in the first half. With the Bulls not playing again until after the trade deadline passes, was this his last game with the team? We shall see.
Zach LaVine had 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting, focusing more on playmaking with seven assists while also racking up seven rebounds and three steals. Sadly, LaVine’s career-high streak of 20-point games is now over at 17.
Chandler Hutchison added 17 points and went to the line nine times in another aggressive performance while starting in place of Dunn (who has a sprained MCL), so that’s at least nice to see.
Daniel Gafford returned from his absence due to a thumb injury, only to roll his ankle in the first quarter. For some reason, the rookie returned to the game in garbage time and didn’t look comfortable out there.
The end of the game featured some serious Jim Boylen hijinks. With the Bulls down 25 with 1:04 left, Jimbo called timeout. LaVine wasn’t thrilled:
Zach LaVine doesn't agree to the timeout being called lolllll pic.twitter.com/uYBKH9kZn8— Ⓜ️arcusD ▶️ (@_MarcusD3_) February 2, 2020
The Raptors announcers really weren’t thrilled:
Raptors announcer is fed up with Jim Boylen for calling a timeout with 1 minute left in a 25 point blowout— ClutchPoints NBA (@ClutchPointsNBA) February 2, 2020
"It's Super Bowl Sunday, I want to get out of here!" - Jack Armstrong pic.twitter.com/cZn1in2PTP
Over to you, Jimbo:
Boylen on the timeout with 1:04 left and Bulls down 25 that went viral: "I was trying to run something with my 2nd group. I got a G League guy in there who I haven't coached much on an ATO. I don't stop coaching the team because we're down. I've never done that, never will."— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) February 2, 2020
Enjoy the Super Bowl.