If you would have told me Delon Wright would finish Wednesday's game at United Center with 25 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 steals, I would have thought you were crazy. The idea that Wright could set new career highs in points and rebounds without a starter's workload seemed improbable, and understandably so. But if there's anything the Raptors 124-115 over the Bulls taught us, it's that anything is possible.
Wright put forth an effort he won't forget anytime soon in Chi-Town, driving inside with creativity, while hitting shots from beyond the arc with ease. Aside from DeMar DeRozan he was the biggest reason why Toronto was able to pull away in the second half to earn a third-straight win.
Speaking of DeRozan, he continued his tremendous play of late, pouring in a game-high 35 points for the Raps. After a slow start in the first half, DeMar came to life in the third quarter by driving inside relentlessly and getting to the charity stripe. Once he saw the ball fall through the hoop a few times DeRozan started punishing the Bulls from the land beyond, nailing another five 3-pointers in the win. The Raps star shooting guard has now hit 10/17 3-pointers and gone a perfect 23/23 from the charity stripe in his past two games. 87 points in two games to start the New Year is quite the feat.
Lauri Markkanen and Justin Holiday carried the Bulls offensively with 22 and 26 points respectively, while Nikola Mirotic dropped 20 off the bench. Ultimately, though, the combination of Wright and DeRozan proved too insurmountable to keep up with offensively down the stretch.
Toronto has now won three straight contests over the Bulls, and three straight overall. The Raps next play against the Milwaukee Bucks for the second time this week on Friday.