“We know we can always count on him, go to him. That’s just the type of guy he is,” Butler said. “He wants the pressure on him. He produces. He produced. I think we’re going to keep on going back to him and he’s going to do the same thing every night.”
“We’ve been hearing about it all week, the last couple of days. They wanted to play us, we beat them there and they wanted to come here and get revenge. Tonight I think was a big game for us,” Rose said.
“We didn’t play defence and they executed extremely well,” Lowry said. “Derrick Rose looked like his old self and he played extremely well. They executed extremely well. Forty-nine points, give them credit. Whatever play they called they got good shots, and they got where they wanted to get on the floor. But we didn’t give them any pushback. That’s one thing we have to make sure we do from now on.”
After Lowry’s runner gave the Raptors a one-point lead, Chicago scored six straight to make it 100-95. Rose and Joakim Noah had back-to-back baskets and Nikola Mirotic capped it off with a pair of free throws before Raptors coach Dwane Casey burned a timeout with the Chicago crowd on its feet.
Mirotic finished with 12 points and Aaron Brooks had 17 points off the bench.
James Johnson put the Raptors up 80-68 with 6:35 left in the third quarter, but the Bulls scored eight unanswered to tie it in the final minute of the period. Pau Gasol found Gibson for an alley-oop dunk to tie the game at 80.
Lowry had a follow shot with 0.1 seconds left to give the Raptors a 66-60 lead at the half.