Chicago Bulls 84, Toronto Raptors 108

Pascal Siakam scored 19 points, while OG Anunoby added 17 as the Toronto Raptors spoiled Chicago’s home opener by beating the Bulls 108-84 on Saturday evening.

The reigning NBA champions went on a run during the second quarter to take a 48-40 halftime advantage. Before they pulled away for their 10th straight win over an out of sorts Bulls.

Anunoby hit three 3-pointers, while Serge Ibaka added 18 points and seven rebounds. Meanwhile, Fred VanVleet scored 16 as Toronto shook off their loss on Friday against Boston.

The Bulls, however, see themselves as playoff contenders despite coming off a 22-60 season that ranked among the worst in their history. However, they hardly looked the part, as they shot just 30.2% overall and 9 of 35 on 3s.

Regardless, Wendell Carter Jr. led Chicago with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Zach LaVine scored 11 after averaging 26.5 over the first two games this season. Lauri Markkanen struggled once more and finished with nine points for the second straight evening. The 7-footer from Finland shot 3 of 10 after going 4 for 15 in their loss in Memphis.

Otto Porter went straight to the locker room with the team’s medical staff to get stitches following a collision with Stanley Johnson, before he returned at the start of the second half.

However, by then, the Raptors led by eight as they outscored Chicago 17-4 over the final 6 1/2 minutes of the second quarter. Marc Gasol and Kyle Lowry both scored consecutive 3s.

Anunoby added another from beyond the arc to bump it to 62-46 with just under eight minutes remaining in the third. The Raptors remained in control the rest of the way.

Peace,

Burke.

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