Tomas Karageorgos | Report
The Toronto Raptors ended 2018 with a 95-89 win against the Chicago Bulls at Scotiabank Arena on Sunday night.
The Raptors debuted their “Earned” edition jerseys, as the NBA recognized the 16 teams that made the playoffs last year. Toronto’s jersey is red, recognizing them as Canada’s only NBA team.
All Raptors starters scored in double digits, excluding Serge Ibaka. Kawhi Leonard led scorers with 27 points and grabbed nine boards, Pascal Siakam recorded his fifth double-double of the season, ending the game with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Fred VanVleet and Danny Green scored 10 points each.
Toronto scored a season-low 40 first half points, only scoring 14 in the first quarter.
Both Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen missed the first meeting between these two, which was in Chicago in November. Markkanen led Bulls scoring and recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Wendell Carter Jr. scored 16, and Zach LaVine scored 14.
Markkanen is 7’0″, but has range from deep. He shot 4-7 from three-point range. He is also quick on his feet, ending the first quarter with a buzzer beater.
Kris Dunn arguably had the highlight of the night as he put Serge Ibaka on a poster, injured Raptor Jonas Valanciunas was shocked at what he saw.
Raptor Chris Boucher only played five minutes, but blocked two shots.
The Raptors host the Utah Jazz on New Years Day at Scotiabank Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
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