Nine Bulls players score double figures in win over Toronto (Toronto, Ontario) – After two straight losses coming out of the All-Star break, Bulls coach Billy Donovan made a strategic change in hopes of regaining momentum. For their game against the Raptors, Donovan decided to bring Coby White and Wendell Carter Jr. off the bench.
Thaddeus Young and Tomas Satoransky will be replacing them in the starting lineup, so it will be interesting to see how the Bulls respond to this adjustment. Toronto is also operating with a different lineup than usual with Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Malachi Flynn and Patrick McCaw all out due to health protocols.
Carter Jr responds well in first game off the bench
After missing their first six shots from the field, the Raptors made 3 of their next 4 attempts. Norman Powell’s first three-pointer of the game gave them a 14-10 lead with 6.5 minutes left in the 1st.
The Bulls later tied the game at 19 behind a three from Tomas Satoransky, which was their 7th assist on their 7th field goal. Carter Jr. also came off the bench aggressive, going on a personal 7-0 run to give Chicago a 26-19 lead with 2 minutes remaining. The Bulls held the Raptors to 24% shooting in the 1st and led 28-22 going into the 2nd.
Bulls share the rock, 19 assists lead them to 1st half advantage
Chicago earned their first double-digit lead of the game at 42-32 midway through the 2nd quarter, after Markkanen blocked a shot and hit a three in the same sequence. Powell and Kyle Lowry kept the game from getting out of hand for Toronto, as they combined to score 17 points in the quarter. The Bulls led 58-49 going into the 2nd half
The keys to the Bulls edge after 24 minutes were passing and paint scoring. Chicago had 19 assists on 23 field goals and 30 points in the restricted area. Markannen, Satoransky and White all scored 10 points to lead the team.
Patrick Williams propels Bulls to double-digit lead going into the 4th
The Bulls came out in the 3rd and built their lead quickly, behind Otto Porter Jr. and Patrick Williams. They combined to score 9 points in the first 3 minutes of quarter, to put the Bulls up 67-54. Carter Jr. later joined the aforementioned Bulls’ players in double-digit scoring, making two free throws to put Chicago up 75-61 with 3.5 minutes left.
Toronto cut the lead down 78-68, but Williams scored the Bulls’ final seven points of the quarter. This was perhaps Williams’ best offensive quarter of the season, with 11 points. Chicago led 85-73 going into the 4th quarter
Team effort leads Bulls to win
Denzel Valentine started off the 4th on fire, scoring 11 straight points. Valentine’s onslaught gave the Bulls a 96-78 lead, with 8 minutes left. Toronto responded with a 7-0 run to reduce the lead to 96-85, but Chicago then went on a 10-5 stretch themselves. This gave the Bulls a 106-90 lead with 3.5 minutes left. In the end, Chicago won the game 118-95.
This was a team effort for the Bulls with nine players scoring in double figures, as Patrick Williams led the way with 23 points. The last time nine players scored in double-digits for the Bulls was in March of 1971. Chicago also outscored Toronto 48-38 in the paint and 31-11 in fast break points.
Powell was the primary option for the Raptors tonight, with 32 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Lowry added 20 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds.
The Raptors (17-22) will hope to snap their 5 losing streak on Wednesday at 6pm CT against the Pistons (10-28).
Chicago (17-20) will hope to start a win streak against the Thunder (17-22), on Tuesday at 7pm CT.
Nine Bulls players score double figures in win over Toronto