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DeRozan scores 35 points, Raptors beat Bulls 124-115

CHICAGO (AP) All that DeMar DeRozan wanted to talk about was the lift Toronto's bench provided. As for his recent scoring tear?

''I don't think nothing of it,'' he said.

DeRozan had 35 points, Delon Wright set career highs with 25 points and 13 rebounds, and the Raptors beat the Chicago Bulls 124-115 on Wednesday night.

DeRozan came up big again after scoring a franchise-record 52 points in a win over Milwaukee on New Year's Day. He was particularly good in the third quarter this time, scoring 18 points after being held to nine in the first half. DeRozan also shot 5 of 8 on 3-pointers and converted all 10 free throws.

Wright had his first career double-double and hit four 3s to lead a big effort by the bench. He scored 12 in the second quarter and eight more points in the fourth to help Toronto pull away for its ninth win in 11 games.

Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry scored 16 apiece for Toronto. Fred VanVleet, from nearby Rockford, added 13 points, and the Raptors' reserves outscored Chicago's 54-39.

''They've been great for us all year,'' DeRozan said. ''We come out slacking. The bench always picks us up, and vice versa. Tonight, the bench did what they've been doing all year, got the energy going. We fed off that, and got back in the game.''

He'll get no argument from coach Dwane Casey.

''The bench really saved us tonight,'' he said. ''They gave us energy. We just couldn't get our mojo going with the first unit, but Delon came in and had a career high. I really liked the way he was going after rebounds. His overall game sustained us.''

Justin Holiday led Chicago with 26 points, and Lauri Markkanen added 22 points and 12 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic scored 20, but the Bulls dropped their third straight.

The Bulls looked sharp early on, with a 10-point lead after the first quarter. But they couldn't sustain their edge on defense and were impatient on offense - particularly the second unit.

''We were coming out and jacking up contested shots with zero or one pass,'' coach Fred Hoiberg said. ''And you can't have that. So again, that second unit's been pretty darn good for us. Tonight, we struggled with it.''

PULLING AWAY

Chicago was leading 92-90 early in the fourth when Toronto went on a 16-2 run. Lowry hit a 3 to make it 106-94 with 6:39 remaining, and the Raptors remained in control the rest of the way.

LAVINE UPDATE

The Bulls hope to decide on a return date for G Zach LaVine early next week.

LaVine will travel with the team to games at Dallas and Indiana on Friday and Saturday. Hoiberg said the two-time slam dunk champion will meet with doctors, trainers, management and coaches after the Bulls return home.

LaVine averaged 18.9 points in 47 games for Minnesota last season before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The Bulls acquired him along with Kris Dunn and Markkanen in the trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves.

TIP-INS

Raptors: Toronto had dropped six straight at Chicago. ... The Raptors were 19 of 19 at the foul line. ... Wright hit 10 of 15 shots.

Bulls: Markkanen has led the Bulls in rebounding 13 times and has eight double-doubles. He is averaging 21 points over his last four games. ... C Robin Lopez had 12 points and a career-high six assists. ... Mirotic has scored 20 or more in eight of his 15 games.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.

Bulls: Visit the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.

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Key Players
D. DeRozan
10 SG
N. Mirotic
44 PF
25.3 Min. Per Game 25.3
18.3 Pts. Per Game 18.3
1.5 Ast. Per Game 1.5
7.3 Reb. Per Game 7.3
48.5 Field Goal % 49.5
48.7 Three Point % 50.0
83.0 Free Throw % 72.0
+ 3 Justin Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nikola Mirotic 0:09
  Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic 0:17
  Pascal Siakam missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:21
  Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam 0:41
  Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:44
  Team rebound 0:47
  Justin Holiday missed free throw 0:49
  Shooting foul on Norman Powell 0:49
+ 3 Justin Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kris Dunn 0:49
  Team rebound 1:00
  Serge Ibaka missed jump shot 1:03
Team Stats
Points 124 115
Field Goals 45-92 (48.9%) 43-93 (46.2%)
3-Pointers 15-38 (39.5%) 13-33 (39.4%)
Free Throws 19-19 (100.0%) 16-19 (84.2%)
Total Rebounds 52 48
Offensive 7 9
Defensive 42 34
Team 3 5
Assists 23 29
Steals 9 5
Blocks 5 2
Turnovers 11 13
Fouls 20 20
Technicals 0 0
35 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST
26 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Raptors 26-10 21353434124
home team logo Bulls 13-25 31283125115
Team Stats
away team logo Raptors 26-10 107.3 PPG 40.1 RPG 21.8 APG
home team logo Bulls 13-25 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. DeRozan SG PPG RPG APG FG%
J. Holiday SG 10.0 PPG 4.0 RPG 1.0 APG 33.3 FG%
Top Scorers
D. DeRozan SG 35 PTS 3 REB 6 AST
J. Holiday SG 26 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
48.9 FG% 46.2
39.5 3PT FG% 39.4
100.0 FT% 84.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. DeRozan 33 35 3 6 3 0 0 2 10/20 5/8 10/10 0 3 53 -5
K. Lowry 31 16 5 4 2 0 5 2 5/14 2/7 4/4 2 3 26 -9
S. Ibaka 27 16 7 1 0 3 1 4 7/12 1/3 1/1 0 7 27 0
O. Anunoby 15 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 1/5 0/4 1/1 0 3 6 -14
J. Valanciunas 18 0 4 0 0 1 2 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 4 3 -8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. DeRozan 33 35 3 6 3 0 0 2 10/20 5/8 10/10 0 3 53 -5
K. Lowry 31 16 5 4 2 0 5 2 5/14 2/7 4/4 2 3 26 -9
S. Ibaka 27 16 7 1 0 3 1 4 7/12 1/3 1/1 0 7 27 0
O. Anunoby 15 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 1/5 0/4 1/1 0 3 6 -14
J. Valanciunas 18 0 4 0 0 1 2 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 4 3 -8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Wright 29 25 13 5 4 1 2 1 10/15 4/5 1/1 3 10 51 +28
F. VanVleet 17 13 2 2 0 0 1 0 5/7 1/2 2/2 0 2 18 +16
J. Poeltl 25 6 2 1 0 0 0 4 3/5 0/0 0/0 0 2 10 +26
C. Miles 17 6 4 0 0 0 0 2 2/7 2/7 0/0 0 4 10 +19
P. Siakam 19 4 6 4 0 0 0 2 2/4 0/1 0/0 2 4 18 +10
L. Nogueira 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -6
N. Powell 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -12
L. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Caboclo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McKinnie - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 124 49 23 9 5 11 20 45/92 15/38 19/19 7 42 222 +45
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Holiday 38 26 4 4 1 0 2 2 7/10 6/9 6/7 1 3 37 +5
L. Markkanen 31 22 12 1 1 0 2 3 9/17 2/8 2/2 2 10 35 -2
D. Valentine 31 14 7 2 1 0 3 3 6/12 2/5 0/0 2 5 23 +9
R. Lopez 23 12 1 6 0 0 2 2 5/11 0/0 2/2 1 0 23 -2
K. Dunn 28 2 5 8 2 1 3 4 1/6 0/3 0/0 0 5 23 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Holiday 38 26 4 4 1 0 2 2 7/10 6/9 6/7 1 3 37 +5
L. Markkanen 31 22 12 1 1 0 2 3 9/17 2/8 2/2 2 10 35 -2
D. Valentine 31 14 7 2 1 0 3 3 6/12 2/5 0/0 2 5 23 +9
R. Lopez 23 12 1 6 0 0 2 2 5/11 0/0 2/2 1 0 23 -2
K. Dunn 28 2 5 8 2 1 3 4 1/6 0/3 0/0 0 5 23 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Mirotic 25 20 5 2 0 1 0 2 7/17 3/7 3/4 2 3 30 -11
J. Grant 19 11 1 6 0 0 0 0 4/7 0/0 3/4 0 1 24 -6
P. Zipser 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 0 4 -11
B. Portis 14 2 5 0 0 0 1 2 1/7 0/1 0/0 0 5 6 -6
D. Nwaba 16 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 2 5 -18
Q. Pondexter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. LaVine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Felicio - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Arcidiacono - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 115 43 29 5 2 13 20 43/93 13/33 16/19 9 34 210 -45