The Toronto Raptors snapped their three-game losing streak with a win over the Chicago Bulls!
Pascal Siakam was able to score 13 quick points in the first quarter, but slowed down as the game went on. He finished with 22 points shooting 7-for-18 from the field, helping the Raptors complete a fourth quarter comeback to get back on track.
It was nice to see Siakam find his groove early on but he still didn't quite completely look like the player we saw to start the season.
If you missed any of the action, we had you covered with the Siakam Tracker as the Raptors' star forward looked to get back to his MVP-calibre ways.
Final: Toronto Raptors 93, Chicago Bulls 92
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It was Kyle Lowry who got the layup to go with 50 seconds remaining and the Raptors came up with the necessary stops following that bucket to come away with a one-point win! Pascal Siakam finished with 22 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block while shooting 7-for-18 (38.9%) from the field, 2-for-6 (33.3%) from 3-point range and 6-for-8 (75.0%) from the free throw line.
He scored 13 of his 22 points in the first quarter, going 2-for-8 from the field for the remainder of the contest. You can find his second-to-fourth quarter shot chart below.
Pascal Siakam drew a foul and went 1-for-2 from the free throw line to give the Raptors a two-point lead, but Lauri Markkanen answered right back with a 3-pointer to give the Bulls the lead.
Pascal Siakam had a good look at the rim out of a clean spin move in the post but his touch is still a bit off as the shot came off. He is now 7-for-18 from the field shooting 38.9%.
Score update: The Raptors have taken a one-point lead after two free throws from Kyle Lowry! They lead 86-85 with just under four minutes to go.
A pair of free throws from Pascal Siakam and a fast break layup from Norman Powell has the Raptors within three points at 85-82 with five minutes to play!
Pascal Siakam finally gets a field goal to drop after going two quarters without a bucket. He finished a layup off an assist from Serge Ibaka but the Raptors still trail by eight points after the Bulls started the quarter on a 7-0 run. Chicago leads 85-77 with just under eight minutes to go.
End of third quarter: Raptors 71, Bulls 71
Another quiet quarter for Pascal Siakam who has cooled off after getting out to a great start in this contest. Since the first quarter, Siakam has just two points going 0-for-3 from the field with both points coming from the free throw line. He also has two rebounds in that span but zero assists and two turnovers. In 28 minutes of playing time, he is still a team-worst minus-4 in +/-.
📸 | Views thru 3 pic.twitter.com/rciQbZjmIV- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 10, 2019
The Raptors continue to fight as they lead 61-58 after a slow start to the second half. Pascal Siakam is still in search of his first made field goal since the first quarter but is persistent in attacking the rim, getting to the free throw line and knocking down both attempts. He's up to 15 points, five rebounds and one assist and had a nice block on rookie guard Coby White.
Halftime: Bulls 51, Raptors 49
The Raptors struggled to come up with stops in the first half as the Bulls lead by two points heading into the break.
Pascal Siakam had a strong first quarter but didn't attempt a shot in the second frame. He has 13 points, four rebounds and one assist shooting 5-for-10 from the field, 2-for-5 from 3-point range and 1-for-2 from the free throw line. In 18 minutes of playing time, he had a +/- of minus-four, the worst mark on the team.
As you can see on his first half shot chart, he's struggling on straight-away looks at the basket in this one while doing most of his damage going to his left.
Pascal Siakam was orchestrating the offence when Kyle Lowry was on the bench and his gravity gave him a hockey assist on this Chris Boucher 3-pointer!
.@chrisboucher always ready to fire 🎯 pic.twitter.com/Xl4c2SiH5F- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 10, 2019
Pascal Siakam just picked up his first turnover of the game, trying to post up Zach LaVine. He took one too many steps trying to put a move on the smaller guard and was called for a travel.
Pascal Siakam checks back into the game after spending the first 6:41 of the quarter on the bench. The Raptors were plus-two during that stretch, leading the Bulls 38-36. Serge Ibaka is making a massive impact with four points and 10 rebounds in eight minutes off the bench.
End of first quarter: Raptors 30, Bulls 30
Pascal Siakam talked about playing more aggressively and he backed that up with his first quarter performance. He took 10 shots in the first quarter - more than double any other player on his team. He had 13 points, three rebounds and one assist while shooting 5-for-10 from the field, 2-for-5 from 3-point land and 1-for-2 from the free throw line. Siakam finished the frame an even zero +/-, playing all 12 minutes of the quarter.
Head coach Nick Nurse has gone to a Pascal Siakam and bench unit - it's Siakam, Terence Davis, Malcolm Miller, Serge Ibaka and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
Another 3-ball for Pascal Siakam! He has 13 of the Raptors' 26 points and is taking over this game early on the offensive end. The Bulls are also scoring with ease with 16 points in the paint, leading to a tight contest at 26-24 Toronto.
Impeccable ball movement pic.twitter.com/NBmc0h45eo- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 10, 2019
Pascal Siakam is off to a red-hot start. He has nine points shooting 4-for-6 from the field and 1-for-3 from 3-point range with three rebounds to get the Raptors' offence going. They lead 16-15 midway through the first frame.
Quick pass ... Splash pic.twitter.com/nmKszRY7td- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 10, 2019
Pascal Siakam has the first four points on the board for the Raptors. He buried a pull-up jumper off the dribble from just outside the left elbow and finished an easy bucket at the rim in transition on a pass from Norman Powell.
As expected, Norman Powell will take Fred VanVleet's spot in the starting lineup.
Tonight's @Invisalign starting lineup. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/eIviMgd6TM- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 10, 2019
Head coach Nick Nurse addressed - and dismissed - Pascal Siakam's "slump" during pregame media availability.
Nurse cont: "...He's getting plenty of opportunities, he's a young guy, he's gonna have some ups and downs. He's having a hell of a season. Let's calm down." (2/2) Good stuff.- Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) December 9, 2019