The Toronto Raptors asserted their dominance over the Chicago Bulls in a thrilling 121-108 victory, securing their eighth win of the NBA season. This victory marks the Raptors' second consecutive success, signaling a resurgence in their form after a period of fluctuating results.
The impression is that the team, led by Darko Rajakovic, completely "clicked". In a short time, Rajakovic managed to create an adequate atmosphere in which each of the basketball players has his place in the team, and the trust that shows in the games, is returned through good play and victories.
The Raptors displayed their determination to control the game, establishing a commanding lead in the first quarter. With a sharp display of offensive prowess, they surged ahead to a 36-22 advantage, setting the tone for the remainder of the match.
Despite the Bulls' valiant efforts to close the gap, the Raptors maintained their composure, consistently keeping a comfortable double-digit lead throughout the second and third quarters. This resilience proved crucial in securing their victory, as they never relinquished their control of the game.
Good game by Zach LaVine but still a loss
O.G. Anunoby emerged as the Raptors' leading scorer, contributing an impressive 26 points to the team's tally. Pascal Siakam provided valuable support, adding 18 points and demonstrating his all-around versatility.
For the Bulls, Zach LaVine led the charge with a commendable 36 points, showcasing his offensive firepower. DeMar DeRozan and Kobe White also made notable contributions, scoring 19 and 14 points, respectively. With this victory, the Raptors look ahead to their upcoming clash against the Cleveland Cavaliers, eager to maintain their winning momentum.
Meanwhile, the Bulls will seek to regroup and prepare for their encounter with the Brooklyn Nets.
The Knicks beat Miami in a tiebreaker
In other matches, Miami experienced a surprising defeat against the New York Knicks 100:98.
An uncertain match was seen during the first three parts. Miami had the lead. However, the Knicks "added gas" in the last quarter and registered a valuable triumph. The most effective in the winning team was Branson with 24 points, and Quickley scored 20. In the defeated team, Butler was the most effective with 23 points, while Adebayo scored 21.