Lowry, Valanciunas lead Raptors past Bulls, 99-77

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 14, 2013 at 11:09 pm •  Published: December 14, 2013

CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Lowry believes the Toronto Raptors are built to withstand stretches like this. That's because they're a little deeper.

Lowry scored 16 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Toronto 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.

"We've got the bodies," Lowry said. "We're a deeper team."

They're a different team, too, with Rudy Gay now in Sacramento after a seven-player trade this week.

They got rid of someone who was averaging 18 points but shooting a career-low 38.8 percent. They've won three of four without him, and they made it look rather easy against Chicago.

"Nothing to do with Rudy personally, just the fit," coach Dwane Casey said. "Rudy is a talented player, the fit is a different thing."

The Raptors 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.

"Losing (stinks), there's no question about it," Noah said. "But it also shows true colors, who's willing to keep fighting through the adversity or who's just going to say, 'You know what, I want no part of this. I'm just going to take bad shots and just not care at all about making winning plays, playing defense, things like that.'"

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.

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