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Raptors Win Opener in Laugher

Toronto Raptors Win Laugher Against Chicago Bulls in Season Opener

C.J. Miles had 22-points in his Toronto Raptors debut and Jonas Valanciunas logged in a 23-points and 15-rebounds as the Raptors made quick work of the lowly Chicago Bulls in their season opener.

The sharp-shooting veteran swingman hit six three-pointers on the night, helping the Raptors run away with this one rather quickly. Norman Powell added 15-points of his own, while the point guard duo of Kyle Lowry and Delon Wright added 12-and-13 points apiece.

As a unit we need every single person on this roster to be ready,” Miles said. “And for us to be able to go in there as a whole five and have success, for those guys, that’s big for them, early in the year and early in their careers to be able to gain confidence.

“That’s the biggest thing with the league. Everybody’s got talent, everybody’s got skill, that’s why they get here. It’s about opportunity and confidence. Them having the opportunity, now it’s about being confident and playing hard.”

The Raptors shot 47% from the field for the game, including an impressive 44.3% from beyond the arc. They also dished out 26-assists and the more free-flowing style of offence was evident right from the get go.

“I was really impressed with the young group,” said coach Dwane Casey. “They came in and didn’t look like they were a deer in the headlights. They expanded the lead and didn’t lose it, and really impressed.”

Starting the season off with a win, the Raptors will now turn their sights on the Philadelphia 76ers, who they will take on Saturday evening.

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