Leonard scores 27 as Raptors beat Bulls 95-89
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 31, 2018 09:41 AM
FILE - TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 19: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors looks on prior to the game against the Boston Celtics on October 19, 2018 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, Pascal Siakam had 20 points and 12 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat Chicago 95-89 on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time), their seventh straight win over the Bulls.
Danny Green and Fred VanVleet each scored 10 points as the Raptors bounced back from their largest defeat of the season, a 29-point loss at Orlando on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).
Lauri Markkanen had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Wendell Carter Jr. had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who didn't score for the first 3:19 of the fourth quarter.
Chicago's Zach LaVine fouled out with 13 points. It was a poor shooting night for LaVine, who went 3-for-17, including 0-for-3 from three-point range.
Kris Dunn scored 14 points, and Justin Holiday and Chandler Hutchison each had 11 as the Bulls fell to 5-8 under coach Jim Boylen.
Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (sore lower back) sat for the seventh time in eight games. Toronto is 5-3 without the four-time All-Star.
Ahead 68-65 to start the fourth, the Raptors got back-to-back three-pointers from Delon Wright and Siakam and held a 74-65 lead at 10:10.
Carter ended Chicago's drought with a hook shot at 8:41. Chicago missed 12 of its first 15 shots in the final quarter.
Markkanen's triple at 1:21 brought Chicago within 85-82, but Leonard answered with a pair of free throws. After a missed shot by Dunn, Siakam was fouled and made a pair, giving Toronto an 89-82 advantage with 25 seconds to go.
Toronto outscored the Bulls 13-2 in fast-break points and scored 21 points off 18 Chicago turnovers.
Toronto missed 11 of its first 14 shots and matched a season-low for points in a quarter in dreary opening frame. Holiday scored six points for Chicago and the Bulls led 20-14 after one quarter.
The Raptors led by one, 40-39, at halftime.
Bulls: Chicago matched a season-low for opponent's points in the first half. ... F Bobby Portis missed his fifth straight game because of a sprained right ankle.
Raptors: Coach Nick Nurse said Lowry is recovering and should be able to return soon. Lowry also missed time with a bruised hip during this stretch of absences. ... VanVleet snapped a streak of 16 consecutive missed shots with a fast break layup in the third. VanVleet missed his final eight attempts in Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) loss to the Magic. ... Toronto went 8-7 in December.
Bulls: Host Orlando on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Raptors: Host Utah on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).