TAMPA, Fla .– Nikola Vucevic and Zach Levine each scored 22 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Toronto Raptors 122-113 Thursday night for their third straight victory

LaVine also provided 15 assists and Lauri Markkanen came off the bench to score 18 points, eight of 10 shots

“I think we have to be a team now that is really trying to block it on the inside,” said Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who brought the 6-foot-11 Vucevic up on offense. since the deadline for trade with Orlando “I think we feel more comfortable offensively We have a better understanding and a better level of comfort with the way we try to play”

“We try to be more physical as a team, and I think for the most part we’ve done that,” said Markannen “I’m a competitive guy and I want as many minutes as possible, but with the arrival of new players, we all have to make sacrifices”

Chris Boucher scored 38 career-high points and 19 rebounds for the Raptors They lost 15 of 18

LaVine and Vucevic combined for 15 points in a 19-3 first inning that gave the Bulls their first 10-point lead

Chicago was 13 points in a row while the Raptors missed 10 straight shots, and a 3-point Coby White made it 51-31 with 6:04 left in the first half

Two 3-pointers and a three-point play from Boucher helped Toronto cut the margin to seven at the end of the fourth quarter, but LaVine closed it with a layup and a 3-point at 45 seconds. of the end

“He had a night for sure,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said of Boucher, who made 14 of 24 shots “He was hitting punches that I don’t think I’ve seen him take before and he was obviously a problem on the glass for them on both sides”

Rookie Malachi Flynn had nine points and eight assists in his first NBA start for the Raptors, who only had eight players available for the game They signed a 10-day contract with Freddie Gillespie early Thursday, but the former 6-foot-9 G-League player had not cleared the NBA entry protocol in time to play

Bulls: The Bulls haven’t won four straight wins since a seven-game winning streak in December 2017 F ​​Garrett Temple (hamstring) took part in Thursday’s shoot but isn’t ready to sprint, according to Donovan

Raptors: F DeAndre Bembry escaped a one-game suspension for his role in an altercation in the first quarter of Tuesday night’s game against the Lakers G Fred VanVleet also received a one-game suspension that will be purged when he is eligible to return to the injured list He missed his third game with left hip flexor G Kyle Lowry missed a fifth game with a right foot infection

Thursday night’s game was a composition of a game originally slated for February 28 It was postponed because the Raptors, then in the throes of a COVID-19 outbreak, lacked the eight players needed to play to an NBA game

Due to injuries, suspension and a lingering COVID issue with Paul Watson Jr, Toronto only trained eight players on Thursday night

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