The Toronto Raptors snapped their two-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 112-103 win over the Chicago Bulls.
The Raptors led the entire way, outscoring the Bulls 26-18 in the first quarter and building as much as a 24-point lead.
Norman Powell scored a team-high 20 points off the bench and Serge Ibaka (16), Kawhi Leonard (14), Kyle Lowry (14), Pascal Siakam (13) and OG Anunoby (10) each scored in double figures.
With that in mind, here are four takeaways from the game...
Spreading the wealth
Led by six assists from Kyle Lowry, the Raptors finished the night having assisted on 28 of their 42 field goals.
Nick Nurse has emphasized the importance of ball movement in the team's offence, and its importance is amplified in games like this one. Oftentimes, good shots are passed up on for great looks, as evidenced by the team's 48.8 percent shooting from the field and 42.9 percent from the 3-point line.
With the win, the Raptors now move to 33-8 on the season when dishing out 25 or more assists, a stat that says all you need to know about how crucial ball movement is.
A balanced attack
Norman Powell led the way with 20 off the bench. Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry each scored 14 points to lead the starters.
Five more players scored at least seven points in the game.
On a night where head coach Nick Nurse emphasized the importance of the bench fighting for time down the season's stretch run, the Raptors reserves responded by scoring 61 of the team's 112 points.
"I think the off the bench guys are still fighting for something - they're fighting for a role, they're fighting to carve a few more minutes, they're fighting for something," Nurse said. "That's probably really a big focus of ours going down to these last eight games here."
Depth can be a difference maker in a postseason series, and as the team returns to full strength and sharpens its rotation for the postseason, the contributions of the second unit are crucial to the team's success.
Be it an injury, foul trouble or a slump, it is extremely important that the team is prepared to go from 1-12.
Anunoby was taken to the locker room late in the fourth quarter after he tried to take a charge on Bulls guard Brandon Sampson. He appeared to take an elbow to the head and slowly made his way to the locker room with Raptors trainers by his side once he got up.
Anunoby has since passed the concussion protocol, but he will be tested again tomorrow.
Anunoby was having a solid outing prior to his injury, scoring 10 points off the bench on 3-for-4 shooting from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
The Raptors have seven games remaining in the regular season. Then the real fun begins.
They have two more games this week, both of which are on the road - one against the New York Knicks on Thursday (March 28), the other against the Bulls in Chicago on Saturday (March 30).
The Raptors return to Toronto for a matchup with the Orlando Magic on April 1 before packing their bags for a two-game road trip against the Brooklyn Nets (April 3) and Charlotte Hornets (April 5).
They then finish the season with a home game against the Miami Heat (April 7) and a road game against the Minnesota Timberwolves (April 9).
The Nets are Toronto's only remaining opponent with a winning record, giving them the easiest remaining schedule in the league, but the Magic, Hornets and Heat each have something to play for.
It looks like only one of those teams will make the playoffs, so they'll each give the Raptors their best shot.