• Snell comes on strong as Bulls topple Raptors

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    SNEAKY SNELL Tony Snell No.20 of the Chicago Bulls drives for a shot between Terrence Ross No.31 and Luis Scola No.4 of the Toronto Raptors at the United Center on Tuesday in Chicago, Illinois. AFP PHOTO

    SNEAKY SNELL
    Tony Snell No.20 of the Chicago Bulls drives for a shot between Terrence Ross No.31 and Luis Scola No.4 of the Toronto Raptors at the United Center on Tuesday in Chicago, Illinois. AFP PHOTO

    CHICAGO: Tony Snell scored 16 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Chicago Bulls improved to 12-5 at home with a 104-97 win over the Toronto Raptors on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).

    Pau Gasol, Derrick Rose and Snell combined for 64 points as five players reached double figures for the Bulls, who collected their second NBA victory in three games.

    Forward Gasol scored 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds while Rose contributed 20 points and four assists for Chicago (17-12). Rose has now registered back-to-back 20 point games for the first time this season.

    “It started with him,” said Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. “You can tell he’s getting his legs where he wants them.

    “Hopefully that’s the Derrick Rose we’ll see from here on out. We’re a pretty good team when we can attack with that type of pace.”

    Raptors guard Kyle Lowry led all scorers with 28 points on nine-for-15 shooting. Guard DeMar DeRozan added 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for Toronto, who dropped to 19-13.

    Toronto dropped its sixth consecutive contest against the Bulls. The Raptors have not beaten Chicago since December 2013.

    Snell helped the Bulls pull ahead by double digits in the final quarter. He drove past guard Terrence Ross and forward Luis Scola for a layup to make it 84-74 with 9:22 left in regulation time.

    On the next possession, Snell made a three-pointer to give Chicago a commanding 87-76 lead.

    Jonas Valanciunas played his first game for the Raptors after missing 17 contests with a broken hand.

    Valanciunas finished with nine points on four-of-seven shooting in 21 minutes of playing time.

    “They’re still a defensive team,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said of Chicago. “They still have remnants. The core is still there. The DNA is still there. They’re a very elite team.”

    Pacers snap Hawks’ streak
    Guard Monta Ellis scored a season-high 26 points, and the Indiana Pacers snapped Atlanta’s six-game winning streak with a 93-87 win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse arena.

    Pacers center Ian Mahinmi, who scored 13 points, tipped in a missed Ellis shot with 16.3 seconds remaining to give Indiana a 92-87 lead.

    Solomon Hill and Chase Budinger each added 10 points for Indiana.

    “Everybody’s willing to learn and ready to step up when their names called,” said Hill, who played 26 minutes on Monday with CJ Miles injured.

    The Hawks’ win streak was the longest active streak in the NBA.

    Paul Milsap led the Hawks with 24 points, Jeff Teague tallied 18, Thabo Sefolosha netted 14 and Al Horford finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

    AFP

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