CHICAGO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine each scored 26 points and Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 13 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls beat the Toronto Raptors 113-99 on Monday night.
DeRozan shot 11 for 14 as the Bulls snapped a three-game losing streak and remained in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Toronto trailed until LaVine scored six straight points to open play in the third quarter as the Bulls went 21-8. LaVine scored 14 of his 26 points in the third, going 6 of 8 from the floor in that span.
“We need (LaVine) to be aggressive,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “We need him to play downhill. We need him to take his hits when they are there. What I love about Zach is that there’s one thing people look at, but he offended us a lot. He made some great passes. »
Pascal Siakam led Toronto with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting and had five rebounds. Fred VanVleet scored 19 points on 7-of-22 shooting from the field and 3-of-12 shooting from 3-point range. Chris Boucher had 19 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
VanVleet said it’s fair to say the Raptors ran out of gas in the third quarter. Chicago took advantage, building their lead as Toronto endured a six-minute drought.
“You could probably say that,” VanVleet said. “Give Chicago credit, they were really physical. They pushed us out of line, a little out of our positions. I think we were begging a bit for a few calls there. … They really asserted themselves and came out in transition, and we never really closed the gap after that run (15-0).
The Raptors, who had won six of seven games prior to Monday’s game, remain in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Toronto forward Thaddeus Young secured the under-10-point deficit with a layup with 35.1 seconds left in the third quarter, but LaVine buried a 3-pointer from the left corner to put the Bulls back in double digits, 84-73, to start the fourth quarter.
The Bulls assisted on 28 baskets and turned the ball over just six times, despite Toronto building a 62-48 advantage in the paint.
Chicago forward Patrick Williams returned to the field for the first time since Oct. 28 after undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left wrist.
“I can’t really put it into words, honestly,” Williams said. “Just having something that’s been taken away from you for so long, something you love, to finally be able to get it back and enjoy it again, there’s nothing like it.”
Raptors: F Thaddeus Young has brought valuable veteran experience since acquiring San Antonio in February, according to coach Nick Nurse. “(VanVleet) got a little bit closer to (Young). He’s a real pro. He’s already very involved in the game plan and teaching the guys,” Nurse said. … Toronto was without a guard Gary Trent Jr. after hypertensing his toe late in a 93-88 win over Philadelphia on Sunday FOG Anunoby was out with a broken finger, missing his 15th game since Feb. 16. Nurse said Toronto is getting used to screening players coming in and out of the roster due to injuries and acquisitions after an adjustment period earlier in the season.
Bulls: After undergoing surgery on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus in January, G Lonzo Ball will miss more time, according to Donovan. Ball and the medical staff met and decided to stop running and cut himself for 10 days in hopes of eliminating the pain, as Ball is also recovering from a bone bruise. “There are no complications from the surgery…they’re trying to figure out why he has this discomfort, and part of it could be that he has little bruises there.” … Williams didn’t look limited in 11 minutes of first-half action, scoring five points on 2-of-5 shooting and grabbing two rebounds. He finished with seven points in 19 minutes as Donovan held it at 25 minutes.
Raptors: Host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.
Bulls: At Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.
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