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Watch Serge Ibaka, Robin Lopez NBA brawl in Raptors-Bulls game

Watch Serge Ibaka, Robin Lopez NBA brawl in Raptors-Bulls game

DeMar DeRozan poured in 42 points as the Raptors rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat Chicago 122-120 in a wild overtime game, ending a streak of futility that stretched back to December 31 of 2013. "When you're a competitor, just to have that in the back of your mind, it sucks".

Down by 16 when Serge Ibaka and Robin Lopez did their Mike Tyson impressions and got tossed from the game, the Raptors looked dead and buried and on their way to a 12th consecutive loss to a Chicago Bulls team that time and again has found a way to beat Toronto. Jimmy Butler had 37 points for the Bulls, but it wasn't enough, not even Rajon Rondo's 24 points. The Toronto Raptors have split their last 10 road games.

The incident occurred with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter and, after a lengthy review, both Ibaka and Lopez were ejected from the game. And certainly don't go looking to the 32 minutes before Ibaka's skirmish with Robin Lopez for evidence of the kind of fight Casey needs out of his team.

Ibaka and Lopez should both hear from the league office and will more than likely each receive a fine and suspension.

Although neither of their punches landed, the fight between Lopez and Ibaka was at a higher level than most recent National Basketball Association altercations, which typically involve, at most, a shoving match. "'It's just knowing that the ball is going to get swung", said DeMar DeRozan, who scored 22 points and was 1-for-2 in 3-pointers Sunday despite not playing in the fourth quarter of the one-sided game. He said that he was only defending himself in light of Lopez making the first move. Goran Dragic is averaging 20.2 points and 5.9 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 16.8 points and 14.2 rebounds.

Cavs' Kevin Love returns from knee injury
The Jazz managed to tie the game early in the third before LeBron James took over and put the Cavs back up by eight. On a deeper level, however, there's the fact that the Cavaliers defense fell off a table since Love went down.


The Raptors ended the game on a 50-32 run after the ejections, but they nearly gave it away in regulation. Punches were thrown, both players were ejected, and hilarious comments were made by Robin's brother Brook. That's the way we have to play and continue.

Rapture Nation, you certainly witnessed a playoff atmosphere and arguably the Raptors' game of the year. Toronto got to go 16 points down, went up, took it to the overtime and ended up winning. The team confirmed his death on Tuesday.

As for Lopez, he was scheduled to get a workout in at the facility on Thursday, and be ready to return to the starting lineup on Friday. Losing 11 straight games to a slightly worse opponent is unusual, and it got to the point that Bulls and Raptors players have recognized that it had become a Thing.

Raptors: It was DeRozan's fifth 40-plus-point game of the season.


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