Portis returns from suspension, Bulls fall to Raptors

Bulls forward Bobby Portis scored 21 points in his season debut.

Chicago Bulls power forward Bobby Portis made his 2017-18 season debut Tuesday night against the Toronto Raptors and played well, scoring 21 points and grabbing 13 rebounds on an efficient 8-of-13 shooting from the floor.

Portis, of course, was suspended eight games after punching teammate Nikola Mirotic in a practice scuffle.

Mirotic, who suffered facial fractures and a concussion, is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Portis’ performance wasn’t enough to rally the Bulls, as they fell to the Raptors — 119-114 — for their fourth loss in the last five games.

Center Robin Lopez scored 20 points, shooting guard Justin Holiday had 15 and rookie forward Lauri Markkanen chipped in 12.

For the Raptors, All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan led the way with 24 points, big man Jonas Valanciunas registered a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Kyle Lowry finished with 17 points and six assists.

The Bulls host the Indiana Pacers on Friday while the Raptors take on Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans Thursday.