Thomas Scores 26 as Bulls Defeat Raptors

Ford efficient in tuneup; Boylan triumphs in possible swan song
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 16, 2008 10:43 PM CDT
Toronto Raptors center Chris Bosh, left, battles Chicago Bulls center Aaron Gray, right, for a rebound.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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(Newser) – The Toronto Raptors will be in good shape if T.J. Ford shoots this way in the playoffs. While Ford finished with 18 points in 18 minutes, Tyrus Thomas scored a season-high 26 to lead Chicago to a 107-97 victory over Toronto in what might have been interim coach Jim Boylan's last game with the Bulls.

With the third seed in the Eastern Conference and a first-round playoff matchup with Orlando locked up, the Raptors used their starters sparingly. Ford made the most of his time, hitting 7 of 9 shots—and 6 of 8 while scoring 16 in the first quarter. Chris Bosh finished with eight points in 15 minutes.