Raptors Step Up and Defeat Chicago Bulls
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Toronto, ON - The Raptors played their 3rd game of the regular season tonight against the Chicago Bulls. Last time these two teams faced one another was during the pre-season where the Bulls defeated the Raptors 105-91.
This time though, they gave the Bulls a taste of their own medicine. It now seems like the high of the championship ceremony has finally worn off. Having some key players step up in moments like this helped them win in Chicago on Saturday night, 108-84.
Pascal Siakam didn’t put up the same numbers he had in the last two games. He had 19 points, 4 assists, and 6 rebounds which is slightly less than the 30+ performances he’s had in the last two games. Siakam has been moderately consistent throughout the first two regular-season games and there is no doubt that he will continue to put up similar numbers all through the season, however tonight he wasn’t able to do so.
Throughout the game, the Raptors showed their ability to have players step up when the team needed them. OG Anunoby had a great game tonight, putting up 17 points, 2 assists, and 6 rebounds, not to mention his 4 mind-blowing blocks. We haven’t seen OG Anunoby play this way in a long time. It is helpful for the Raptors to have him back to playing like he did before injuries put him out for an entire playoff run.
Serge Ibaka had phenomenal night coming off the bench, putting up 18 points and 7 rebounds. Additionally, Marc Gasol had more of an impact on the game compared to prior games. His presence was felt on the court through his 10 rebounds and his defensive play.
The Raptors took control of the game in the second half. Their strong defense and an aggressive offense allowed them to gain a substantial lead over Chicago, and secure their second win of the regular season.
The Raptors will face the Orlando Magic next on Monday, October 28th, at Scotiabank Arena. This will be the first time they face Orlando since they beat them in the first round of the playoffs.