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Butler, Bulls take down Raptors

Dec 23, 2014 - 6:01 AM Chicago, IL ( - Jimmy Butler continued his torrid stretch on Monday night, but didn't eclipse the 30-point mark this time.

Butler had 27 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks and four assists as the Chicago Bulls recorded a 129-120 win over the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors.

He scored a career-high 35 points in a victory over New York on Thursday, then followed it up with a 31-point, 10-rebound performance against Memphis.

Derrick Rose netted 29 points, Pau Gasol posted 14 points and nine rebounds and Aaron Brooks poured in 17 points off the bench for the Bulls, who have won six of their last seven games.

Kyle Lowry tallied 34 points and six boards, while Jonas Valanciunas added 20 points and nine rebounds for Toronto, which had its six-game winning streak snapped.

"I thought our defensive attention to detail wasn't there," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.

The Bulls, who trailed by as many as 12 in the second half, pulled away in the fourth by outscoring the Raptors 49-37.

The game was tied 95-95 just prior to the midway point of the frame before Chicago went on an 18-8 run over the next 4:48.

Rose had eight points during the surge, which was capped when he drove into the paint and found Noah for a dunk for a 113-103 margin with 2:12 remaining.

"Didn't miss too many shots and when he gets in a zone like that, it's tough to stop us," Noah said of Rose.

Toronto never got within less than six the rest of the way.

The game was knotted at 33-33 following a quarter of play, but the Raptors outscored the Bulls 33-27 in the second and took a 66-60 cushion into the locker room.

Amir Johnson's layup finished off a 12-4 Toronto burst to stake it to an 80-68 cushion midway through the third, but the Bulls ripped off the next 12 points to tie it.

Taj Gibson threw down Gasol's alley-oop pass to conclude the swing and square the game up at 80-80.

Terrence Ross knocked down a left wing 3-pointer on Toronto's ensuing possession, which lifted it to an 83-80 edge going into the fourth.

Game Notes

Chicago won the first meeting between the teams at Air Canada Centre 100-93 on Nov. 13, holding the Raptors to a season-worst 39.3 percent from the field ... Monday was the start of a six-game road trip for Toronto. Chicago was the first of four opponents on the trek with a winning percentage of at least 65.4 percent ... Chicago sunk 43-of-47 free throws and shot 54.1 percent (40-of-74) from the floor.