DeRozan Scores 24 Points as Raptors Beat Bulls


Published on November 8 2017 6:17 am
Last Updated on November 8 2017 6:18 am


Bobby Portis gave the Chicago Bulls a boost in his first game back from suspension. Just not enough to top DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors.

DeRozan scored 24 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Raptors beat Chicago 119-114 on Tuesday night for their first three-game winning streak over the Bulls since 2009.

Portis had 21 points and 13 rebounds in his return after sitting out Chicago's first eight games.

"Bobby gave us a great lift out there," coach Fred Hoiberg said. "He played with great emotion. He went out there and gave us energy when we needed it."

The Bulls suspended Portis after he punched teammate Nikola Mirotic during a preseason practice. Mirotic, who suffered facial fractures and a concussion, is expected to miss four to six weeks.

"I got my dream taken away from me for three weeks," Portis said. "I don't want my dream taken away from me anymore."

DeRozan called Portis "a solid player" after watching the third-year forward make 8 of 13 field goal attempts.

"He's got a great touch on his jump shot," DeRozan said. "He came out and played well for them tonight."

Before the game, Portis said Mirotic did not reply to his phone and text messages following the incident, adding that the two have not yet spoken.

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. Toronto beat Chicago 117-100 on Oct. 19, the opening game of the season for both teams.

Robin Lopez scored 20 points and Justin Holiday had 15 as Chicago lost for the fourth time in five games.

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.

"They kept playing and we let up a little bit," DeRozan said.


Bulls: 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 matched a season-high with 13 made 3-pointers. All five starters made at least one. ... The Raptors assigned F Bruno Caboclo to its G-League team, Raptors 905.


Hoiberg said he tore into his team at halftime after what he called an "awful" defensive performance in the first two quarters. Toronto ended the second with a 16-4 run.

"They got anything they wanted in the first half," Hoiberg said. "We didn't take anything away from them. It was too easy."

Pelicans 117, Pacers 112

The New Orleans Pelicans appeared to be in big trouble. Then Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins took over.

Davis had 37 points and 14 rebounds, Cousins added 32 points and 13 boards and the Pelicans rallied to beat the Indiana Pacers 117-112 on Tuesday night.

"I think our talent is different than a lot of bigs -- there's so many ways we can dominate a game," Cousins said. "And I think we're just scratching the surface right now. We can get so much better."

Davis was 14 for 18 from the field in New Orleans' third straight win. Cousins also had six assists.

"We've been doing this almost all season," Davis said. "It's all the other guys (on this team) that make mine and DeMarcus' jobs easy."

Indiana had six players score in double figures in its third straight loss. Myles Turner had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Victor Oladipo scored 15 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic and Lance Stephenson each had 14.

Indiana led 75-61 at halftime, but the Pelicans outscored the Pacers 35-19 in the third quarter. Indiana also blew a double-digit lead in a 108-101 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday.

"Same thing that happened the last two games," Turner said. "We come out flat in the third quarter. They took advantage of it."

Darren Collison's corner 3-pointer with 1:31 left got Indiana within one, but Davis responded with a jumper for New Orleans. Jrue Holiday made a couple free throws and Cousins added a layup to help the Pelicans hold on.

Tuesday, November 7 Scoreboard

Cleveland 124, Milwaukee 119

New Orleans 117, Indiana 112

Dallas 113, Washington 99

New York 118, Charlotte 113

Toronto 119, Chicago 114

San Antonio 120,  Los Angeles Clippers 107

Denver 112, Brooklyn 104

Philadelphia 104, Utah 97

Memphis 98, Portland 97

Sacramento 94, Oklahoma City 86


Wednesday, November 8 Schedule (All Times Central)

Indiana at Detroit, 6 p.m.

New York at Orlando, 6 p.m.

Los Angeles Lakers at Boston, 7 p.m.

Miami at Phoenix, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.