Chicago Bulls best start in 25 years and champions Bucks hit Pacers

Visiting Chicago Bulls defeated the Toronto Raptors 111-108 on Monday night for their best start to the season in 25 years .

DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points – including 11 in the fourth quarter –

DeRozan, a former Raptor, made three important jump shots late in the fourth quarter after the Raptors had cut the lead to two.

Toronto’s Fred VanVleet missed a three-point attempt in the final second that would have tied the score.

Zach LaVine added 22 points for the Bulls, who have won four games in a row to open the season.

Remarkably, this is Chicago’s first 4-0 start since the 1996/97 season and the very first time 2021 All-Star LaVine has won four consecutive games during his career in the NBA.

Elsewhere Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished nine assists, as the Milwaukee Bucks held on for a 119-109 win over the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis.

An 11-2 run that sent Milwaukee into halftime and extended into the early third quarter gave the Bucks a double-digit-point lead for most of the second half. The gap grew to as many as 18 points.

Milwaukee capitalised on 19 Indiana turnovers, converting them into 22 points. That made a key difference with the Pacers getting only six points off the Bucks’ 14 turnovers.

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