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Toronto Raptors beat Chicago Bulls in season opener

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet drivespast the Bulls' Justin Holiday (from left), Cristiano Felicio and Ryan Arcidiacono during the first halfThursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet drivespast the Bulls' Justin Holiday (from left), Cristiano Felicio and Ryan Arcidiacono during the first halfThursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO – Jonas Valanciunas had 23 points and 15 rebounds, C.J. Miles scored 22 points in his Toronto debut, and the Raptors beat the short-handed Bulls, 117-101, Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.

Norman Powell added 15 points, Delon Wright had 13 and Kyle Lowry 12.

The Raptors, who intend to shoot more 3-pointers and move the ball more this season, were 13 of 29 from long range and had 26 assists on 39 baskets. Lowry had nine assists, and DeMar DeRozan and Wright each had five.

Miles was 6 for 9 from 3-point range and had five rebounds.

Playmaking proved an effective avenue for DeRozan on a night when he made only two of nine field goals and did not attempt a 3-pointer. DeRozan finished with 11 points, going 7 for 8 at the free throw line, and had six rebounds.

Bulls center Robin Lopez scored 18 points, rookie Lauri Markkanen had 17 in his NBA debut, and Justin Holiday added 15.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said forward Nikola Mirotic is doing OK but is sore two days after suffering facial fractures and a concussion in a practice fight with teammate Bobby Portis. The Bulls suspended Portis for eight games after the altercation. Mirotic is expected to be out from four to six weeks.

Ahead 25-23 after the first quarter, Toronto widened the gap by starting the second with a 22-2 run. Miles scored 11 points in the second, including three 3-pointers, and Toronto outscored the Bulls, 33-14, to take a 58-37 lead at halftime.

Toronto led, 84-64, after three quarters.

TIP INS

Bulls: G Zach LaVine (left knee) and G Kris Dunn (left index finger) both traveled to Toronto. Hoiberg said they are working out and participating in walk-throughs. ... The Bulls also were without G Cameron Payne (right foot). ... G Quincy Pondexter played for the first time since April 2015. Pondexter missed the past two seasons after a series of left knee surgeries and a potentially life-threatening skin infection.

Raptors: Powell started for Toronto with Miles coming off the bench. ... Coach Dwane Casey was about 30 minutes late for his pregame media session after getting caught in rush-hour traffic. ... Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman sat in the front row opposite the Raptors bench.

UP NEXT

Bulls: The Bulls opens its home schedule against San Antonio on Saturday night. The Bulls have won six of their past 10 home games against the Spurs.

Raptors: Toronto hosts Philadelphia on Saturday night. The Raptors have won nine straight home games against the 76ers.

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