The Toronto Raptors responded well to their tough loss on Friday with a quality win on the back end of a back-to-back over the Chicago Bulls.
It was a balanced scoring attack that led the charge for Toronto as five different players finished in double figures and nearly every player that stepped on the floor ended up in the points column.
Their strong play on the defensive end forced the Bulls to shoot 30.2% from the field and 25.7% from long range, while also causing 16 turnovers.
If you missed any of the action, we had you covered with live updates, highlights, stats and more from tonight's contest!
Final: Toronto Raptors 108, Chicago Bulls 84
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The Raptors closed things out, defeating the Bulls by 24 points in a good road win.
OG Anunoby's breakout game on both ends of the floor helped lead Toronto to victory as he finished with 17 points, six rebounds, four blocks, two assists and a steal. Pascal Siakam filled the box score yet again with 19 points, six boards, four assists and a steal while Serge Ibaka's strong play off the bench (18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks) also played a key role for the Raptors.
Their defence was the story of the game, holding Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen to a combined 20 points shooting 7-for-23 from the field.
Defensive clinic. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/Gm7zU4N7Qg- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 27, 2019
Toronto is still up 22 points, leading 98-76 with under five minutes to play. Both teams have began to empty their bench to give their starters some rest as they are both on the back end of back-to-backs.
The Raptors hold their 22-point lead, up 96-74 with just under seven minutes remaining. Serge Ibaka is coming alive off the bench with 16 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. The Raptors defence is giving the Bulls fits, as they're shooting 33.8% from the field, 25.8% from 3-point land and have 15 turnovers.
🗣️ MA FUZZY BASKETBALL pic.twitter.com/f42VuJM8Pj- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 27, 2019
End of third quarter: Raptors 84, Bulls 62
Toronto really blew things open in the third quarter, scoring 36 points to outscore the Bulls by 14 points for the quarter. Fred VanVleet began to heat up in his home state in the third frame, scoring 10 of his 16 points in the quarter. He knocked down a pair of 3s while also dishing out three assists. His efforts, along with eight points from OG Anunoby sparked the team's push.
Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen continue to struggle in this contest, combining for just 17 points shooting 7-for-21 (33.3%) from the field.
Defence. That is all. pic.twitter.com/MzLE0k3eNV- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 27, 2019
The Raptors remain in the lead 69-56 with 5:43 to go in the third. They're passing the ball with precision, as Toronto has assisted on 17 of their 25 made buckets. OG Anunoby continues to build on his impressive performance with a game-high 17 points. Kyle Lowry's doing a bit of everything with 11 points, five assists and five rebounds.
Pascal Siakam tweaked his ankle and was down for a few seconds, but remains in the contest.
OG dunkin' everything tonight pic.twitter.com/pK09rSeVAY- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 27, 2019
Marc Gasol and Kyle Lowry knock down back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Raptors their biggest lead of the night at 59-46. The 3-ball by Gasol was his first field goal attempt of the game, giving him a huge sigh of relief as the starting centre had started the season 2-for-17 from the field.
Gotta read the scouting report pic.twitter.com/TvfxiAutsV- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 27, 2019
Halftime: Raptors 48, Bulls 40
Toronto used a 12-0 run midway through the second frame to regain the lead and continued that momentum through the end of the quarter.
OG Anunoby is having himself an impressive first half with nine points, four rebounds and two blocks, attacking the rim on the offensive end. It was a quiet first half for Pascal Siakam who only had seven shot attempts as he heads into the locker room with just eight points and two rebounds.
Kyle Lowry stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, five assists and four rebounds through the first half to pace the Raptors.
Bulls star Zach LaVine is struggling to get anything to fall, shooting 2-for-10 from the field for just six points. Rookie Coby White continues to do his job as the team's lead scorer off the bench with a team-high eight points.
Keep building.- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 27, 2019
OG - 9p/4r
KLow - 8p/5a/4r pic.twitter.com/frZPbsY5Fd
The Raptors are looking for bench players to step up and Matt Thomas buries a 3-ball for his first NBA bucket! Five-straight points ties the game at 31 with 7:45 remaining in the half, forcing a Bulls timeout.
Obvs @Theiceman_21 first NBA bucket is a 3. pic.twitter.com/QUigggP65t- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 27, 2019
The Bulls start the second quarter on an 8-2 run to force a Raptors timeout. Chicago now leads 31-26 following a thunderous dunk through the lane from Lauri Markkanen.
End of first quarter: Raptors 24, Bulls 23
Toronto holds a one-point lead going into the second quarter behind eight points and four assists from Kyle Lowry. Serge Ibaka has also provided strong minutes off the bench with five points and three rebounds.
The Bulls are off to a slow start shooting 33.3% from the field and 22.2% from beyond the arc. Tomas Satoransky and Thaddeus Young have five points apiece to lead the team in scoring.
+1 thru 1. pic.twitter.com/J22UP2CnCJ- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 27, 2019
The Raptors remain in the lead 20-17 with 3:04 remaining in the quarter. OG Anunoby has an early case for the best block so far this season, meeting Thaddeus Young at the rim! It's still Kyle Lowry's show, who already has four assists to get the Raptors offence going.
OG SAID NAW FAM pic.twitter.com/PN91c8JBpc- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 27, 2019
The Raptors get out to an early 16-11 lead, moving the ball well with six assists on six made field goals. Kyle Lowry is getting things going on the offensive end with six points and three assists in just five minutes of playing time.
The find 👀- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 27, 2019
The finish 👌🏽 pic.twitter.com/bW2YNWT0XL
The Bulls will start Tomas Satoransky, Zach LaVine, Otto Porter Jr., Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. for their home opener.
Playing on home court for the first time this season. Let's do it right, #BullsNation!- Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) October 27, 2019
💻: https://t.co/5Rfr6jMgh9 #RunWithUs pic.twitter.com/h4TMYTU5nK
Check out Pascal Siakam's kicks - the "YouTube" KD 12's - for tonight's action!
🌶 @pskills43 in the "YouTube" Nike KD 12! #NBAKicks pic.twitter.com/Rtyn0X5G7P- NBA KICKS (@NBAKicks) October 26, 2019
The Raptors will go with the same starting lineup as the first two games of the season - Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol.
Tonight's @Invisalign starting lineup. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/CFNOx1evCk- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 26, 2019