The Chicago Bulls went into the Air Canada Center Tuesday night fighting for their playoff lives.
Late in the third quarter, they just ended up fighting the Toronto Raptors.
Raptors power forward Serge Ibaka and Bulls center Robin Lopez were both ejected after exchanging punches during a third-quarter scuffle. Things went sideways after Lopez took a swipe at Ibaka underneath the hoop, leading to both players taking swings at each other.
Not a football tweet, but some punches were thrown at the Bulls-Raptors game tonight. pic.twitter.com/8PQE7wTkx1
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) March 22, 2017
Raptors assistant Jamaal Magloire and Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic were also assessed technicals for their roles in the altercation.
The rest of the game was a topsy-turvy affair, as the Raptors ended an 11-game losing streak to the Bulls in a 122-120 OT barnburner. DeMar DeRozan was huge for the Raptors, pouring in 42 points and adding eight assists and seven rebounds.
The win put Toronto a half game closer to Washington for third in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls, now at 33-38, are in 10th place in the East, two games back of Miami.