Bulls vs Raptors – NBA Game Recap – November 6, 2022

TORONTON — — Fred VanVleet returned from injury with season-highs of 30 points and 11 assists, Scottie Barnes had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors overcame the absence of leading scorer Pascal Siakam to beat the Chicago Bulls 113-104 on Sunday.

OG Anunoby scored 22 points, Gary Trent Jr. had 12 and Christian Koloko added career highs of 11 points and six blocks.

VanVleet returned after missing three games with lower back pain. He made five of Toronto’s 10 3-pointers.

“You always want your playmaker in the lineup,” Koloko said. “We need him. He’s one of our best shooters.

Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 12 rebounds, Alex Caruso had a career-high 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points for the Bulls, who lost their second straight.

DeRozan shot 7 for 9, tying his season low for field goal attempts.

“I don’t know what other choices you have other than trying to take his hands off him,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said of his defensive focus on DeRozan.

Chicago guard Goran Dragic tied his season high with 16 points, Ayo Dosunmu scored 15 and Patrick Williams had 13.

Siakam is expected to miss at least two weeks due to a strained right adductor muscle. Siakam was injured when he slipped and fell in the third quarter of Friday’s loss to Dallas.

VanVleet said the Raptors have several players ready to step in while Siakam is out.

“If you’re at the end of the rotation, your eyes should be big and your mouth should be salivating,” VanVleet said.

Zach LaVine sat out for the Bulls, who host Toronto on Monday night in the second game of this straight streak.

LaVine, who had knee surgery in the offseason, missed the first two games of the year and missed the first straight game in late October.

VanVleet scored 30 or more goals eight times last season. Toronto was 7-1 in those games.

“Hell of a player, one of the best point guards in this league,” DeRozan said of his former teammate. “I expected nothing less from him. That’s what he is, aggressive, it changes the dynamics of the game.”

Chicago trailed 100-99 after a Williams dunk with 4:23 remaining, but VanVleet converted a three-point play and Anunoby scored on a dunk after stealing Caruso’s pass to give the Raptors a 105-99 advantage with 3:47 to go.

DeRozan’s three-point play with 2:01 remaining made it 107-102, but dunks from Barnes and Anunoby, the second off a poor pass from DeRozan, extended Toronto’s lead to 111-102 .

Chicago had 17 turnovers, leading Toronto to 23 points. DeRozan led the Bulls with five turnovers.

“I thought some of them were very negligent,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said of his team’s mistakes.

Chicago led 36-33 a minute into the second quarter, but VanVleet scored 11 points in the period to give the Raptors a 55-49 halftime lead.

Toronto took an 83-82 advantage in the fourth.

TIPS

Bulls: C Andre Drummond (left shoulder) sat out for the fifth straight game, while G Coby White (left quad) missed his fourth straight game. … Vucevic had six assists.

Raptors: C Khem Birch (right knee) was out for the second game in a row. … Koloko had four blocks in the first quarter, one more than his previous single-game record. … VanVleet shot 7 for 7 from the free throw line.

EARLY CHALLENGE

Nurse successfully challenged a foul call against VanVleet after DeRozan led him in with 10:22 left in the first quarter.

“I clearly saw that Fred hadn’t touched him,” Nurse said. “I didn’t want him to have early foul issues.”

NEXT

Bulls: hosts Toronto on Monday night.

Raptors: Visit Chicago Monday night.

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