You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

NBA

  • Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111
    OKLAHOMA CITY – Kevin Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder secured the No.
  • Nets rest starters, lose 114-85 to Cavaliers
    CLEVELAND – Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd sat his starters for the playoffs and the Nets closed the regular season with a 114-85 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
  • Pacers rest 3 starters, cruise past Magic 101-86
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland each scored 19 points as the Indiana Pacers rested their key players and cruised to a 101-86 victory over the Orlando Magic in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Advertisement
Associated Press
Toronto Raptors forward John Salmons, right, shoots over Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Saturday.

Lowry, Valancius lead Raptors past Bulls, 99-77

CHICAGO – Kyle Lowry scored 16 points, Jonas Valancius added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Chicago Bulls 99-77 Saturday night.

DeMar DeRozan scored 15 and Amir Johnson added 14 points and eight rebounds to help the Raptors earn their second win in as many nights after dropping six of seven.

They led by 16 early in the third, and pulled away in the fourth after the gap dwindled to four, sending the Bulls to their 10th loss in 13 games.

Luol Deng led Chicago with 17 points and Mike Dunleavy Jr. scored 14. Joakim Noah added 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Jimmy Butler scored 11. But it was another difficult night for the Bulls.

They shot just 36 percent and were 6 of 18 on 3-pointers. They were also missing Kirk Hinrich, who sat out with back stiffness.

The Raptors led 51-41 at the half after Lowry nailed a 20-foot jumper and open 3-pointer in the closing seconds, and they scored the first six of the third quarter, with the Bulls turning it over twice and missing four shots

Johnson’s jumper made it 57-41 three minutes into the quarter, but Bulls started to chip away.

Marquis Teague banked in a 3 in the closing minute of the third to make it 73-66, and D.J. Augustin hit one early in the fourth to make it a four-point game.

But a jumper by DeRozan, a layup by Tyler Hansbrough and two free throws by Vasquez quickly got it back up to 79-69.

It hasn’t been an easy stretch for either team.

The Bulls saw their championship visions get crushed when they lost Derrick Rose to another knee injury. Just about every other key player has been banged up, too.

The Raptors traded the struggling Rudy Gay to Sacramento this week in a seven-player trade that gave them point guard Greivis Vasquez and forwards Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes along with financial flexibility after the season.

Augustin was signed by Chicago after he was waived by Toronto on Monday.

Advertisement