Toronto Raptors

4 takeaways from Toronto Raptors' win over Chicago Bulls

Danny Green [NBA Getty Images]

No Kawhi Leonard, no problem. On the second half of a back-to-back the Toronto Raptors defeated the Chicago Bulls 122-83 to advance to 13-4 on the season.

Here are your four takeaways from tonight's game...

Raptors, Bulls [NBA Getty Images]

Lockdown defence

The Raptors locked down defence from the second this game started. After one quarter, they had the Bulls shooting just 35.0 percent from the field and they kept them in the 30s the entire game. They finished with an ugly 34.9 percent from the field, converting just 30 of their 86 attempts. They shot 29.6 percent from three, going eight for 27.

Toronto displayed active hands on the defensive end the entire night - the Bulls had 22 turnovers and the Raptors had 35 points off of those turnovers. They used 10 blocks and 14 steals to make Chicago as uncomfortable as possible on the offensive end.

Fred VanVleet [NBA Getty Images]

VanVleet steps up

In order to get Fred VanVleet going, Nick Nurse slid him into the starting lineup in place of Leonard. VanVleet responded by scoring a team-high 18 points, with 10 of those points coming in the first quarter. His hot start got the Raptors offence going and he finished shooting 7-for-11 from the field and 4-for-7 from long range.

His 18 points were a season-high.

Jordan Loyd [NBA Getty Images]

Everyone scores

For the first time this season, all 13 players active for the Raptors got in the scorebook tonight. Thanks to a lead that got up to as much as 40 points, the Raptors were able to go deep into their bench and those guys made the most of their minutes.

Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 18 points and Serge Ibaka, Danny Green, Pascal Siakam and Lorenzo Brown all joined him in double-digits. Danny Green did not miss a field goal going 7-for-7 from the field and 3-for-3 from three, good for 17 points.

Other notable scorers include Malachi Richardson (9 points), who saw an uptick in minutes with Kawhi Leonard out and Jordan Loyd (8 points) who made both of his 3-point attempts.

Their 39-point win tied their third-largest victory in franchise history!

Kyle Lowry [NBA Getty Images]

Lowry's minor injury

Kyle Lowry went down with an ankle injury after taking an awkward in the third quarter. Luckily for him, with the lead the Raptors had built he was not needed for the rest of the night.

His injury was marked as a 'sore' right ankle and he did not return to the game but he should be fine, just something to monitor going forward.

Lowry would have likely reached his first triple-double of the season if it weren't for the score and injury, finishing with eight points, eight assists and seven rebounds when he exited in the middle of the third.

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