The Chicago Bulls could be without one of their top scorers on Friday as they try to continue their recent domination of the Toronto Raptors.
Forward Luol Deng, off to the best start of his three-year career with 17.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, sprained his right wrist during Chicago's 109-103 victory over Miami on Wednesday night.
Deng was pulled down from behind by Miami's James Posey as he went to the basket midway through the fourth quarter. Posey was whistled for a flagrant foul and Deng spent a few minutes down on the court holding the same wrist he had surgically repaired after the 2004-05 season. He continued to play, finishing with eight points and 11 rebounds.
It is uncertain whether Deng will be ready to go Friday when the Bulls (17-12) try to avoid a third straight road loss.
``I hope it is not bad,'' said Deng, who had an X-ray after the game and thought he might need an MRI.
Deng is averaging 17.1 points in seven games against the Raptors. He had 25 points on 11-for-18 shooting in a 93-90 home win over Toronto on Dec. 8 in the most recent meeting.
That was the Bulls' 14th straight win in this series after losing 16 in a row to the Raptors. Toronto last beat Chicago on Dec. 6, 2002.
Chicago got a career-high 40 points on 11-for-17 shooting from leading scorer Ben Gordon on Wednesday. The Bulls recovered from blowing a 20-point lead to win for the 14th time in 17 games since their 3-9 start.
``We're confident. I think in the past, we would've lost a game like that. It's good to get a win on an ugly game that will help us as the season continues,'' said Gordon, who became the first Bulls player to score 40 points since Elton Brand had 44 on Apr. 13, 2000.
Gordon is averaging 27.0 points in his last six games, and a team-high 20.1 for the season.
The Bulls would like some of their home success to carry over to the road, where they are 4-10 this season. Their only two losses over the past nine games both came away from home - at New York and Minnesota.
One of the league's better defensive teams, Chicago is allowing 102.0 points per game on the road, compared to 89.6 at the United Center.
Toronto (13-16) will look for its fourth straight home win after a 100-97 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday. The Raptors improved to 8-3 at the Air Canada Centre, where they have won six of seven.
The Raptors hold a one-game lead over the New York Knicks in the weak Atlantic Division, and have won six of their last eight games despite being without leading scorer Chris Bosh.
Averaging 20.5 points and 12.2 rebounds, Bosh has missed 10 straight games with a sore left knee but could return next week.
Point guard T.J. Ford has tried to pick up the slack, averaging 21.5 points and 9.7 assists over the past six games. He has scored more than 20 in three straight, including a season-high 28 on Wednesday.
``With Chris being out I think the team really depends on me,'' Ford said. ``They are looking for me to put up points and take the shots and continue to put pressure on the defense. Right now I'm just in a groove.''