Lowry leads Raps to sev­enth win in row

Edmonton Journal - - SPORTS - AN­DREW SELIGMAN

TORONTO 122, CHICAGO 98

Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 10 as­sists, Serge Ibaka also scored 20 points and the Toronto Rap­tors cruised into the all-star break with their sev­enth straight victory, 122-98 over the Chicago Bulls on Wed­nes­day night.

Lowry made four three-point­ers, and he and Ibaka each grabbed seven re­bounds.

Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas added 14 points and nine re­bounds to help the Rap­tors com­plete a fourgame sweep against Chicago, even though they got only seven points from four-time all-star DeMar DeRozan. Toronto shot just over 52 per cent against a weak de­fence, send­ing the Bulls to their ninth loss in 11 games.

Bobby Por­tis scored 18 points for Chicago, and Lauri Markka­nen had 14. The Bulls were sim­ply over­matched by the Eastern Con­fer­ence lead­ers, even though they had point guard Kris Dunn back. He had eight points and three as­sists in 20 min­utes after miss­ing 11 games be­cause of a con­cus­sion.

The Rap­tors took a 61-49 lead to the locker-room after outscor­ing the Bulls by 18 in the sec­ond. DeRozan ended a quiet first half with a neat 12-footer, fak­ing David Nwaba and Justin Hol­i­day while lean­ing in for the bas­ket as time ex­pired.

The Rap­tors con­tin­ued to pull away in the third. Lowry con­verted a four-point play and an­swered a three-point play by Markka­nen by nail­ing an­other three to make it 7557 three min­utes into the quar­ter.

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Rap­tors: The Rap­tors swept Chicago for the first time since the 2001-02 sea­son and won their fifth straight against the Bulls. Bulls: Dunn is ex­pected to play in the Ris­ing Stars Chal­lenge dur­ing all-star week­end.

“I think it’ll be good to keep him in­volved in bas­ket­ball ac­tiv­i­ties,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “It’ll be good to help him hope­fully keep his con­di­tion­ing when he goes out there.”

DeMar DeRozan

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