TORONTO – Former Toronto Raptors standout DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points in 27 minutes to drive the Chicago Bulls earlier his former team 115-98 on Sunday.
In their only NBA pre-season sport at Scotiabank Arena, the Raptors (2-2) ended up outscored by 17 points.
Toronto starters Pascal Siakam scored 18 details, followed by Gary Trent Jr.’s 17 and Fred VanVleet’s 13. Dalano Banton chipped in 11 details from off the bench.
The Raptors shot a dismal 22-for-31 from the foul line in a video game that highlighted 7 direct adjustments and was tied six situations.
Javonte Environmentally friendly heated up in the next 50 % to finish with 17 factors for Chicago (2-1).
Down in the 2nd quarter by as many as 12 points, the Bulls rallied for an 18-5 run to commence the 2nd half. Zach LaVine nailed a three-pointer 5 minutes into the 3rd quarter to thrust Chicago to a 63-62 lead.
Toronto forward Juancho Hernangomez drained a 3-issue jumper to regain an 80-77 gain after the third quarter.
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On the strength of Trent’s 15 very first-50 % details, the Raptors enjoyed a 38-27 direct after the to start with quarter and 57-47 at halftime.
Trent was a best 5-for-5 from the area, which includes a three-pointer, and 4-for-4 from the foul line. DeRozan led the Bulls with 13 initial-fifty percent factors.
Chris Boucher (still left hamstring strain) joined Otto Porter Jr. (left hamstring strain) and Malachi Flynn (left cheekbone fracture) on the injured checklist.
Boucher suffered his setback in Houston on Friday and underwent an MRI on Saturday.
“Don’t consider it is super-serious, but, just like with Otto, individuals items are touchy,” Raptors head mentor Nick Nurse said. “(Boucher) will not be with us for a very little bit.”
In their teaching camp travels, the Raptors have gone from Toronto to Victoria to Edmonton, back again to Toronto for a day, on to Boston, Houston and back to Toronto for Sunday’s outing.
Nurse and his gamers are pleased to continue to be at dwelling this 7 days with a slate of tactics.
“I would in no way complain about currently being Canada’s group,” Nurse explained. “But part of it is to go participate in these video games in other metropolitan areas in Canada, and that triggers us to have a heavy travel agenda.
“It’s been a large amount of travel and a ton of late evenings now, but that’s Ok. We’ll be just great.”
The Raptors will perform their pre-period finale towards the Boston Celtics in Montreal on Friday and open their 28th normal season at home in opposition to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 19.
This report by The Canadian Push was very first printed Oct. 9, 2022.
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