Raptors beat Bulls 104-98 for 8th victory in 10 games
TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam scored 20 points, Gary Trent Jr. had 19 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Chicago Bulls 104-98 on Tuesday night for their eighth victory in 10 games.
O.G. Anunoby added 17 points and Jakob Poeltl had 14 to help the Raptors win their fourth straight at home.
Nikola Vucevic led Chicago with 23 points points and Zach LaVine had 17. DeMar DeRozan scored 13 points against his former team as Chicago fell to 10-21 on the road.
The Bulls had won back-to-back home games after losing six straight before the All-Star break, holding both Brooklyn and Washington below 90 points, but couldn’t keep that streak going north of the border.
Toronto guard Fred VanVleet returned after missing the past three games as he spent time at home for the birth of his third child. VanVleet shot 1 for 11, going 1 for 9 from 3-point range. He scored three points, but had nine assists and six rebounds.
Raptors forward Scottie Barnes struggled through the first three quarters, shooting 1 for 8, but scored eight points and had a season-high four blocks in the final period. Barnes finished with 11 points.
LaVine scored 11 points in the third and the Bulls scored the final five points of the quarter to take a 72-70 lead to the fourth.
Bulls: Ayo Dosunmu scored 10 points and Andre Drummond had 10 rebounds. … Chicago waived G Goran Dragic, making him a free agent. The 15-year veteran, 36, has missed the past four games because of a sore left knee. … G Alex Caruso celebrated his 29th birthday.
Raptors: Barnes had a career-high five blocks against Sacramento on Dec. 13, 2021. … Toronto signed G Will Barton and waived F Juancho Hernangόmez. Barton averaged 7.7 points in 40 games with Washington before he was waived Feb. 21. … G Dalano Banton (left thumb) was not available.
Bulls: Att Detroit on Wednesday night.
Raptors: Begin five-game trip at Washington on Thursday night.
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Ian Harrison, The Associated Press