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Bulls’ team effort prevails 118-95 over shorthanded Raptors

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The Toronto Raptors dropped their fifth straight on Sunday night, losing to the Chicago Bulls 118-95 at the United Center in Chicago.

Norman Powell continued his strong offensive production, leading the Raptors in scoring with 32 points on 13-for-22 shooting. Kyle Lowry scored 20 points and registered 8 assists, while Chris Boucher contributed 17 points of his own.

The Bulls’ offensive effort came by committee, as they had nine players score in double-digits, led by 19-year-old rookie Patrick Williams’ 23 points. The 2020 fourth-overall pick was a presence on both ends of the court, with his off-ball cuts to the basket posing a problem to Toronto’s defence all game long. Guard Zach LaVine, one of the league’s leading scorers this season, was held to only 15 points and shot 1-for-5 from deep.

Despite an uncharacteristically poor display from beyond the arc (12-for-44), the Bulls managed to put together an impressive offensive showing, finding space in the mid-range and picking out open teammates on backdoor cuts for easy finishes at the rim. They finished the night with 50 points in the paint, much better than Toronto’s 38.

The Raptors were also heavily out-rebounded once again, snagging only 37 boards, compared to 60 rebounds registered by the Bulls. Toronto’s lack of a dominant presence in the paint was very evident, as Chicago’s Wendell Carter Jr. had his way on the glass, coming down with 11 rebounds.

Toronto’s attack was relatively uninspired and inconsistent, as they were unable to go on a significant run and close in on the Chicago lead. The offence lacked bite once again without Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, the team’s leading scorers. It was an all-around poor shooting night for Toronto, as they shot 38.2 per cent from the field and went 12-for-45 from three-point range.

Kyle Lowry was assessed a second technical foul and was promptly ejected late in the fourth quarter after angrily tossing the ball down the court before a timeout.

Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Patrick McCaw and Malachi Flynn missed the game due to the league’s health and safety protocols.

The Raptors will hope to have the group back when they take on the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday at 7:00PM EST.

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