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Chicago Bulls halt losing slide with 116-106 win over the Raptors

Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) dunks the ball against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at United Center.

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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.

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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.


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Bulls: The Bulls led the league in rebounds per game with 47.94 coming into Friday night's game. ... F Taj Gibson is the only Chicago player to appear in all 54 games this season. ... It could have been worse for Toronto: the last time they played the Bulls, Butler scored 40 points in the second half as part of a 42-point night.

Raptors: DeRozan is one game short of tying Chris Bosh and Morris Peterson for the most wins by a player in franchise history. DeRozan has played in 231 wins over 495 games during six-plus seasons. ... Luis Scola, who is averaging 9.4 ppg, was held to just two points.


Raptors: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

Bulls: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

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