Sunday, January 15, 2012

POUND THE ROCK STARS OF THE NIGHT - BULLS 77, RAPTORS 64

POUND THE ROCK STARS - On a nightly basis, no matter how good or bad the Raps play, no matter if they blowout a team or if they get blown out and no matter if they win or lose, these are the Raptors with the best 'Pound the Rock' status each night.

FINAL SCORE: BULLS 77, RAPS 64         SEASON RECORD: 4W-9L


POUND THE ROCK STAR #1: JAMES JOHNSON

LINE:  12 Pts (6-11), 7-11 FT, 4 Rebs, 2 Blocks

Players show up when they get a chance to face off against their former team.  James Johnson did that on Saturday night, putting up his first double digit scoring performance of the season.  In just 18 minutes, Johnson put up 12 points against his former Bulls as the Raps couldn't pull out the win.  The Raps scored just 12 points in the fourth, as the Bulls cruised to the 77-64 win.


POUND THE ROCK STAR #2: DEMAR DEROZAN

LINE:  15 Pts (7-11), 1-1 3 pt,  4 Rebs, 2 Blocks

DeMar was 5-52 from three point range last season.  Now he's making it a point to nail more threes this season, nailing his lone three-pointer in Saturday night's game.  DeMar now has 11 threes on the season, over double the makes from last year.  DeMar also did work on the defensive side of things with two blocks on the night.

POUND THE ROCK STAR #3: LEANDRO BARBOSA

LINE:  15 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 assist

The Brazilian Blur continues to be the spark off the bench, putting up 15 points on 20 shots.  The Raps bench outperformed the starters on Saturday, accounting for 39 of the Raps 64 pts.


SHOUTOUTS TO THE BULLS:

TAJ GIBSON

LINE: 11 pts (4-9), 6-6 FT, 12 Rebs, 1 Steal, 1 Block, 22 min

A season-high in rebounds for the young Bulls forward who outperformed the starter, Joakim Noah, in the win.

Next up for the Raps: @ ATL



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