VanVleet had 30 factors and 11 assists in his first sport again after lacking three straight with decrease again tightness, to steer Toronto to an entertaining 113-104 victory over former Raptor DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.
O.G. Anunoby had 22 factors, whereas Scottie Barnes completed with 19 factors and 10 rebounds for Toronto (6-4). Gary Trent chipped in with 12 factors and Christian Koloko completed with 11 factors and 6 blocks.
DeRozan, who was coming off a 46-point efficiency on Friday at Boston, led the Bulls (5-6) with 20 factors, whereas Nikola Vucevic had 18 factors and 12 rebounds.
Trailing by 13 factors within the first half, the Raptors chipped away on the deficit to go up by 10 within the third quarter. However the Bulls grabbed maintain of the momentum, pulling to inside 83-82 to start out the fourth, and opening the quarter with a 7-0 run for a six-point lead.
However VanVleet related on a pair of consecutive three-pointers to orchestrate a comeback, and when Anunoby received his palms on an Alex Caruso move, and sprinted downcourt, deking round DeRozan for a basket, it put Toronto up by six with 3:47 to play, and introduced the Scotiabank Enviornment crowd to its ft.
The followers barely had time to sit down down when VanVleet snatched the ball off DeRozan and tossed it to Anunoby for a wide-open basket and nine-point lead with 1:30 left.
Siakam is anticipated to be out no less than two weeks with a strained proper adductor muscle, a giant blow to the workforce after his blistering begin to the season. He’d been averaging workforce highs of 24.8 factors, 9.3 rebounds and seven.7 assists and recorded six double-doubles — together with a pair of triple-doubles — by the primary 9 video games earlier than slipping and injuring his groin Friday in Dallas.
“It’s definitely a bummer that it occurs,” coach Nick Nurse stated. “He’d been enjoying nice, and the way it occurs, on a slip on a moist ground, is disappointing. You’ve received to play one other sport, so what occurs? We want some guys to step up. They’re going to get alternatives to presumably do extra issues. They’re going to want to. And right here it’s, upon them. We’ll see what occurs.”
The Bulls raced out to an early lead, and Javonte Inexperienced’s three had the guests up by 11 late within the first quarter. The Bulls had been up 30-21 to start out the second.
Patrick Williams’ lengthy bomb stretched the hole to 13 early within the second, however VanVleet related on three pictures from behind the arc as a part of Toronto’s 22-13 run to finish the half. The Raptors took a 55-49 lead into the halftime break.
DeRozan turned the fiftieth participant in NBA historical past to achieve 20,000 factors, throughout Friday’s sport in opposition to San Antonio.
What stands out about his scoring potential?
“Nicely, that he can actually do it. He can actually rating,” stated Nurse. “And I feel that the mid-range jumper that he has on autopilot can be the very first thing that involves thoughts, simply seeing these go in, time and again and again and again.
“He’s the teaching clinic video on mid-range jumpers.”
Followers booed former Raptor Goran Dragic at any time when he touched the ball. The Bulls guard performed simply 5 video games final fall with the Raptors earlier than leaving the workforce for private causes in November. The Raptors traded him to San Antonio within the Feb. 10 deal that introduced Thaddeus Younger to Toronto.
The Raptors and Bulls meet once more Monday in Chicago. The Raptors return dwelling to host Houston on Wednesday.