Pascal Siakam Leads Raptors Pasts Bulls to End 3-Game Losing Streak
Before they return home to Toronto to welcome back Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors were focused on snapping their three-game losing streak when they took on the Chicago Bulls
On a second night of a back-to-back, the Raptors looked sloppy, lackadaisical, and provided yet another example on why back-to-backs, on the road no less, should be eliminated from the NBA. Nevertheless, a big fourth quarter performance allowed the Raptors to fight back against the Bulls and come away with an ugly 93-92 victory.
A win’s a win.
In the absence of Fred VanVleet, the Raptors were led by 22 points from Pascal Siakam, along with 17 points from Norman Powell. Serge Ibaka poured in an 11 point, 14 rebound double-double off the bench. As a team, the Raptors shot a disappointing 38-percent from the field and only cashed in seven of their 29 three-point attempts, but as per usual, the defense came up clutch and between Marc Gasol and Ibaka, the Raptors won the battle on the glass.
The Raptors will now travel home for a date with the Los Angeles Clippers, marking Kawhi Leonard’s first return to Toronto since the NBA Finals.
“I think it’s going to be a good moment for him and I think he’s going to be really, really happy to get his ring,” Kyle Lowry said.
Leonard signed a long-term deal with the Clippers over the Summer after spending one season with the Raptors.
“I would imagine that our fans are going to give him an amazing ovation,” coach Nick Nurse said. “If they give him one-fifteenth of what they gave us on opening night, it’s still going to be something. It was really amazing the night we got ours.”
The 16-7 Raptors will look to build off this Bulls win and come up with another statement victory on Wednesday night.