After having a 9-point trail in the first quarter, Chicago Bulls surpassed the Toronto Raptors to win the game by nine points.
Utilizing a 30-15 advantage over the Bulls, the Raptors defeated them 113-104 thanks to Fred VanVleet’s 30 points and 11 assists. The Bulls lost this game in the second quarter because of turnovers and poor rebounding. DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points to lead the Bulls, and Nikola Vucevic chipped in with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists.
The Raptors dominated the turnovers
Despite the Bulls having a strong start, the Raptors went on a 32-13 run to conclude the first half. While the Raptors’ defense held DeRozan to only six points in the first half and made the Bulls turn the ball over nine times, VanVleet went off for 15 points and five assists.
The Raptors played well down the stretch to seal the victory, but the Bulls fought back by making quick readings and decisions against the defense. Chicago committed 17 turnovers in the last minutes of the game, which was a major issue. The Raptors collected 23 offensive rebounds, outrebounded the Bulls 54-46, and outscored them 62-38 in the paint.
DeRozan tied his single-game field goal attempt low since joining the Bulls by scoring on 7 of 9 tries (he also attempted nine field goals against the Cavaliers on October 22). O.G. Anunoby played unpredictably. He finished with 22 points, six rebounds, three assists, and three steals, and was a force on defense. Anunoby had assistance, but he did a tremendous job as DeRozan’s main defender.
The Bulls lacked confidence to make a comeback
It’s difficult to win games like this, as the Bulls went to the free-throw line 13 times. Only Javonte Green, Derrick Jones Jr., Caruso, and DeRozan attempted free throws. Six of the Bulls’ 13 free throw attempts came from DeRozan.
Zach LaVine, Coby White, and Andre Drummond’s return were missed by the Bulls. Even though LaVine isn’t at full strength, it’s difficult to replace what he brings to the table. White and Drummond also give depth and offense off the bench, which is helpful when playing against athletic teams with good defenses just like the Raptors.