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Tampa, Florida (AP) — Nikola Vucevic and Zack Levine each scored 22 points, and the Chicago Bulls defeated Toronto …
Tampa, Florida (AP) — Nikola Vucevic and Zack Levine each scored 22 points, and the Chicago Bulls defeated the Toronto Raptors 122-113 on Thursday night with three consecutive victories.
Lauri Markkanen also got out of the bench with 15 assists, scoring 18 points and scoring 8 out of 10 shots.
“I think we have to be a team,” said Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who has involved the 6-foot-11 Vucevic in the attack since the deadline with Orlando. “I think we’re aggressively comfortable. We have a better understanding and a better level of comfort about how to play.”
Markkanen played only 18 minutes.
“We aim to be more physical as a team, and I think I did that for the most part,” Markkanen said. “I’m a competitive guy and I want as much time as I can, but when a new guy comes in, we all have to make a sacrifice.”
Chris Boucher scored 38 points, the highest in his career, and recorded 19 rebounds in the Raptors. They lost 15 out of 18.
Pascal Siakam has added 27 points and 8 rebounds to Toronto.
Ravine and Vucevic scored 15 points early in the 19-3 run, giving the Bulls the first 10-point lead.
Chicago missed 13 straight points, the Raptors missed 10 straight shots, and Coby White’s three-pointer went 51-31, leaving 6:04 in the first half.
Toronto reduced the margin to 7 with two 3-point and 3-point plays in the second half of the fourth quarter, but Ravine closed with a layup and three points remaining with 45 seconds remaining.
“He spent the night, I’m sure,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said of 14 out of 24 Bouchers. “He was hitting a shot I didn’t think I had taken before, and he was clearly a glass issue for them on both sides.”
Rookie Malachi Flynn scored 9 points and 8 assists at the Raptors’ first NBA start. The Raptors had only eight players to participate in the game. They signed a 10-day contract with Freddie Gillespie early Thursday, but a 6-foot-9 former G-League player didn’t clear the NBA’s entry protocol in time to play.
Bulls: The Bulls haven’t won four straight games since they won seven games in a row in December 2017. .. .. According to Donovan, F Garrett Temple (hamstring) took part in a shootaround on Thursday but isn’t ready for a sprint.
Raptors: F. DeAndre’Bembley was suspended for his role in the first quarter of the Lakers match on Tuesday night. G. Fred VanVleet was also given a one-game pause offered when he was eligible to return from the injured list. He missed the third match with his left hip flexor. .. .. G Kyle Lowry missed the fifth match due to an infection in his right leg.
The Thursday night match was originally scheduled for February 28th. The Raptors, who subsequently suffered from the outbreak of COVID-19, were postponed because they didn’t have the eight players needed for the NBA game.
Due to injuries, pauses, and prolonged COVID issues with Paul Watson Jr., Toronto only fit eight players on Thursday night.
Bulls: In Atlanta on Friday night.
Raptors: Saturday night in Cleveland.
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