Pro Hogs:

Portis records double-double in return from suspension

By: Ian Harrison, The Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Toronto Raptors forward Norman Powell (24) tries to get past Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto Raptors forward Norman Powell (24) tries to get past Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

— Bobby Portis gave the Chicago Bulls a boost in his first game back from suspension. Just not enough to top DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors.

DeRozan scored 24 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Raptors beat Chicago 119-114 on Tuesday night for their first three-game winning streak over the Bulls since 2009.

Portis had 21 points and 13 rebounds in his return after sitting out Chicago's first eight games.

"Bobby gave us a great lift out there," coach Fred Hoiberg said. "He played with great emotion. He went out there and gave us energy when we needed it."

The Bulls suspended Portis after he punched teammate Nikola Mirotic during a preseason practice. Mirotic, who suffered facial fractures and a concussion, is expected to miss four to six weeks.

"I got my dream taken away from me for three weeks," Portis said. "I don't want my dream taken away from me anymore."

DeRozan called Portis "a solid player" after watching the third-year forward make 8 of 13 field goal attempts.

"He's got a great touch on his jump shot," DeRozan said. "He came out and played well for them tonight."

Before the game, Portis said Mirotic did not reply to his phone and text messages following the incident, adding that the two have not yet spoken.

Hoiberg said Mirotic is responding well to having his activity level increased daily, but has yet to resume running.

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