McDermott Scores 30, Bulls Halt Losing Slide, Beat Raptors

Doug McDermott had a career-high 30 points off the bench to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 116-106 win over the Toronto Raptors Friday night to put an end to their five-game losing slide.

Derrick Rose scored 26 and Pau Gasol added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the injury-depleted Bulls, who won for just the fifth time in their last 20 games.

The Atlantic Division-leading Raptors led most of the first half, but squandered it in the third quarter.

McDermott sparked the run that put Chicago in control, giving the Bulls a 70-69 lead on a pull-up jumper on a fast break with 6:14 to go in the third quarter.

The Bulls seemed to come alive after that, and McDermott continued his strong play in the fourth. He finished 13 for 17 from the field, and 4 for 5 from 3-point range.

Kyle Lowry had 27 points to lead the Raptors.

Jonas Valanciunas had 25 points and 12 rebounds for Toronto and DeMar DeRozan added 22.

It was the eighth straight time the Bulls have beaten the Raptors going back to late 2013.

Chicago was playing without Jimmy Butler, Nikola Mirotic and Joakim Noah because of injuries.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
Contact Us