DeRozan scores 24 points as Raptors beat Bulls 119-114
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 08, 2017 11:20 AM
FILE - TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 15: DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors is seen during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 15, 2017 during Game One of Round One of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors beat Chicago 119-114 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) for their first three-game winning streak over the Bulls since 2009.
Kyle Lowry scored 17 points and Serge Ibaka had 16 for the Raptors, who had lost 11 straight meetings with the Bulls before the current streak began with an overtime victory on March 21 (Mar. 22, PHL time). Toronto beat Chicago 117-100 on Oct. 19 (Oct. 20, PHL time), the opening game of the season for both teams.
Chicago's Bobby Portis had 21 points and 13 rebounds in his first game of the season, Robin Lopez scored 20 and Justin Holiday had 15 as Chicago lost for the fourth time in five games.
Portis returned to the lineup after being suspended for the first eight games of the season. The Bulls suspended Portis after he punched teammates Nikola Mirotic during a preseason practice. Mirotic, who suffered facial fractures and a concussion, is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Before the game, Portis said Mirotic did not reply to his phone and text messages following the incident, and that the two have not yet spoken.
Toronto led by as many as 23 but Chicago cut the deficit to 115-112 following a hook shot by Portis with 41 seconds left. DeRozan answered with a turnaround jump shot with 20 seconds left, leading to a Bulls timeout.
Ibaka was called for goaltending on Valentine's driving layup, but DeRozan made a pair of free throws to restore Toronto's five-point cushion.
Bulls: Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Mirotic is responding well to having his activity level increased daily, but has yet to resume running. ... Chicago had held its three previous opponents below 100 points. ... The Bulls are 1-4 on the road.
Raptors: Toronto recorded more than 20 assists for the seventh time in their first 10 games, finishing with 22. ... The five-point margin of victory was the smallest of the season for the Raptors, who had won by nine points or more in their five previous wins. ... Toronto assigned F Bruno Caboclo to its G-League team, Raptors 905.
Bulls: Chicago hosts Indiana on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time), their first meeting with the Pacers this season. The teams split four meetings last season.
Raptors: Toronto will be seeking its fifth straight victory over New Orleans when it hosts the Pelicans on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time).