The Toronto Raptors have had no success against the Chicago Bulls as of late, and it looked to be more of the same Tuesday night. Toronto fell behind by 16 early on in the game, but DeMar DeRozan took over with 42 points, helping the Raptors snap an 11-game losing streak against the Bulls with a 122-120 overtime win. DeRozan put up a franchise-record 38 shot attempts, making 17 of them, and dishing out eight assists. Corey Joseph added 19, while Serge Ibaka had 16 before getting ejected. The ejection came from an altercation with Robin Lopez, who threw the first punch after Ibaka slapped the ball out of his hands. It turned into a physical brawl, as both benches cleared to separate the two big men. Lopez received the sixth ejection of his career, and does expect to be suspended for the incident. Jimmy Butler had 37 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists, while Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 24 points in the Bulls' first loss to the Raptors since December of 2013.
Steph, Warriors Take Down Seth, Mavs
It was a sibling rivalry that headlined the matchup on Tuesday night, as Steph Curry led his Golden State Warriors past his brother, Seth, and the Dallas Mavericks, 112-87. Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 23 points, including five three-pointers, in their 28th road win of the season. They are now the first team in NBA history with 28 road victories in three consecutive seasons, as they have recorded 90 wins away from home in that span. Steph had 17 points and nine assists to outplay his brother, Seth, who had 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting. In six career meetings between the two, Steph has come out on top in every one, including his Warriors sweeping the Mavs in the three-game season series. With all the talk about the scheduling in the NBA, including back-to-backs, the Warriors improved to 11-4 this season in the second game of a back-to-back, and are 45-9 in such scenarios since 2014-15.
Penguins Clinch Playoff Berth With Tuesday Night Victory
The Pittsburgh Penguins' race to record back-to-back Stanley Cups progressed a little bit more on Tuesday night, as they clinched a playoff berth with a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Sidney Crosby was the star of the night with his highlight-reel goal, as his Penguins are heading to their 11th straight Stanley Cup Playoffs. Crosby's impressive tally came with nine seconds left in the first period for the first goal of the night. Matt Murray had 29 saves, while Nick Bonino netted the go-ahead goal with 5:29 left in the game, as Pittsburgh improved to 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Conor Sheary also scored, as the Penguins sit in second place with 101 points in the Metropolitan Division. They are just a point behind the Washington Capitals, who recorded a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. Sam Reinhardt had the only goal for the Sabres, who have just five regulation goals in their previous five games.