I thought for two periods we played well," from miao1234's blog

CHICAGO -- Kyle Lowry believes the Toronto Raptors are built to withstand stretches like this. Thomas Vermaelen Jersey . Thats because theyre a little deeper. Lowry scored 16 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Toronto beat the Chicago Bulls 99-77 Saturday night. DeMar DeRozan scored 15 and Amir Johnson added 14 points and eight rebounds to help the Raptors earn their second win in as many nights after dropping six of seven. "Weve got the bodies," Lowry said. "Were a deeper team." Theyre a different team, too, with Rudy Gay now in Sacramento after a seven-player trade this week. They got rid of someone who was averaging 18 points but shooting a career-low 38.8 per cent. Theyve won three of four without him, and they made it look rather easy against Chicago. "Nothing to do with Rudy personally, just the fit," coach Dwane Casey said. "Rudy is a talented player, the fit is a different thing." The Raptors led by 16 early in the third, and pulled away in the fourth after the gap dwindled to four, sending the Bulls to their 10th loss in 13 games. Luol Deng led Chicago with 17 points and Mike Dunleavy Jr. scored 14. Joakim Noah added 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Jimmy Butler scored 11. But it was another difficult night for the Bulls. They shot just 36 per cent and were 6 of 18 on 3-pointers. They were also missing Kirk Hinrich, who sat out with back stiffness. "Losing (stinks), theres no question about it," Noah said. "But it also shows true colours, whos willing to keep fighting through the adversity or whos just going to say, You know what, I want no part of this. Im just going to take bad shots and just not care at all about making winning plays, playing defence, things like that." The Raptors led 51-41 at the half after Lowry nailed a 20-foot jumper and open 3-pointer in the closing seconds, and they scored the first six of the third quarter, with the Bulls turning it over twice and missing four shots Johnsons jumper made it 57-41 three minutes into the quarter, but Bulls started to chip away. Marquis Teague banked in a 3 in the closing minute of the third to make it 73-66, and D.J. Augustin hit one early in the fourth to make it a four-point game. But a jumper by DeRozan, a layup by Tyler Hansbrough and two free throws by Greivis Vasquez quickly got it back up to 79-69. It hasnt been an easy stretch for either team. The Bulls saw their championship visions get crushed when they lost Derrick Rose to another knee injury. Just about every other key player has been banged up, too. "I think a lot of it is us having guys in and out," Deng said, referring to the Bulls struggles on offence. "Were not getting as much practice time with guys." But Noah didnt want to go down that route. "No excuses," he said. "I know that were capable of a lot better than that. We cant get frustrated. Our effort has to be a lot better to play winning basketball. But its going to come." The Raptors seem to be coming together after experiencing some upheaval the past week. They acquired point guard Vasquez and forwards Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes along with financial flexibility after the season in the deal that sent Gay to Sacramento. They also waived Augustin, who was signed by Chicago. "Its gone well," Patterson said. "We want to come in with the right mentality and attitude. What we bring individually we want to incorporate in the system. I think weve done that. Moving the ball, sharing the ball, making the extra pass, averaging high assists every night, that causes everybody to have fun. No one is being selfish. "Thatll make everybody want to play tougher than before." NOTES: Casey said Augustin could fill a need for Chicago, something he was unable to do in Toronto. "We had a gluttony," he said. "Kyle Lowry was getting a lot of minutes." Signed as a free agent in July, he appeared in 10 games this year with the Raptors and averaged 2.1 points and 1.0 assists for Toronto. ... Hinrich missed his first game this season. Sergi Roberto Jersey .With Paes serving for the match, Hingis, a five-time singles champion, hit a hard overhead to Mladenovic, who netted a half volley from near the baseline.Hingis, who won three singles and six doubles titles at Melbourne Park, returned to the tour to play doubles in 2013 and teamed with the 41-year-old Paes for the first time at the Australian Open. Alen Halilovic Jersey . - Forget about the surprisingly small number in the win column.ST. LOUIS -- David Backes appears to have found his long-lost scoring touch. The St. Louis centre netted two goals, and the unbeaten Blues beat the slumping New York Rangers 5-3 on Saturday night. The Blues, who havent trailed at all this season, are 4-0 for the first time in franchise history. Derek Roy, Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko added goals for St. Louis, which has outscored opponents 19-7. Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves to improve to 4-0. Backes, who scored just six goals last season in the lockout-shortened campaign, already has four this season. He didnt notch his fourth last season until the Blues 35th game. "Its clicking right now, but its only four games," he said. "Four good games, but its only getting tougher from here now." Backes, with two multipoint games, has helped kick-start an offence that has recorded 34 shots in each of its last three games. "Were 4-0 and all that means is weve got 78 games to go," Backes said. Ryan Callahan scored twice for the Rangers (1-4), and Brad Richards added his team-leading fourth goal. New York, which has four games left on a season-opening, nine-game trip, has lost three in a row by a combined score of 20-5. St. Louis scored four times on its first 17 shots against backup goalie Martin Biron, who was making his first start of the season. Biron was pulled after the second period in favour of regular netminder Henrik Lundqvist. Biron stopped 13 of 17 shots. Lundqvist allowed one goal on 17 shots. The Blues won their first three games in 1969 and 1993, but had never won four in a row to start a season in their 47-year history. The quick start has impressed St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock, although he wasnt entirely pleased with his clubs effort on Saturday. "Being 4-0 is great, but this was not our game," he said. "Im not complaining. The way we gathered it in was great. But we need to involve more players." Backes put St. Louis ahead 2-1 by beating Biron with a wrrist shot at 5:11 of the second period. Nicolas Castillo Chile Jersey. He pushed the lead to 4-2 later in the frame off a pass from T.J. Oshie. Steen added three assists, giving him a team-leading eight points -- including four goals. "Right now, were working hard and getting some lucky bounces," Steen said. "Weve been trying to do the simple things and feed off one another." The line of Backes, Steen and Oshie has accounted for 18 points in four games. "Its three guys that are willing to do whatever is needed every single night," Backes said. New York tied it 1-1 on Callahans first of the season, but trailed the rest of the way after Backes scored his first of the night. The Rangers goal came during a 5-on-3 power play with 5.8 seconds left in the first period. Callahan closed the gap to 4-3 with a power-play goal at 2:54 of the third. The Rangers, who had lost their previous two games by a 15-2 margin, saw some improvement in their latest defeat. "It was a night-and-day difference from the last two games," Richards said. "But we wanted a better result. Its a very simple game. Its just about getting back to the basics." New York coach Alain Vigneault believes his team is heading in the right direction. The Rangers played their fourth game in six nights. "I thought for two periods we played well," he said. "Our execution was better. You could tell the effort was there, the willingness was there. But the legs were having a tough time." NOTES: St. Louis is 27-6-5 against the Eastern Conference since the start of the 2010-11 season. ... Rangers LW Rick Nash missed his second consecutive game because of a head injury sustained Tuesday on a hit by San Joses Brad Stuart. Stuart was suspended three games by the NHL. ... Lundqvist has beaten every NHL team except St. Louis. ... The Blues allowed their first third-period goal of the season. ... 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