Rap­tors roll over Bulls en­ter­ing break

WIN STREAK: Lowry leads way in 122-98 vic­tory

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CHICAGO — 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 four-game sweep against Chicago even though they only got seven points from four-time all-star DeMar DeRozan. But 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 in the lineup. 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 quar­ter.

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 75-57 three min­utes into the quar­ter.


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.”

Up next

Rap­tors: Host the Mil­wau­kee Bucks on Feb. 23.


Toronto Rap­tors guard Fred VanVleet, right, drives to the net on Chicago Bulls for­ward Bobby Por­tis dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s 122-98 vic­tory in Chicago.

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