The Toronto Raptors edged out a 93-92 win against the Chicago Bulls Monday evening. The victory puts a halt to their losing streak as they slide back into the win column for the first time in 3 games. Toronto’s record stands at 16-7 as they hold onto fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

Chicago had 6 double-digit scorers on the evening. Zach Lavine led the Bulls with 20 points while Tomas Satoransky produced a 10 point, 11 assist double-double. Rookie Daniel Gafford surprised with an energetic 14 points. The Raptors out-rebounded the Bulls 54-45 in the contest, a huge sticking point as neither team scored efficiently. Their edge on the glass resulted in 6 extra second chance points, extremely significant in this 1 point victory.

Raptors’ Role Players Shine

With Fred VanVleet out due to a right-knee contusion Norman Powell got the starting job. Powell has thrived as a starter all season and the trend continued last night, as he produced 17 points and plucked 2 steals. Marc Gasol was a veritable Swiss-army knife on the court. He contributed 9 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 4 blocks in what was the quintessential Gasol game.

Offensive Collapse

Offensively the Raptors played horrendously, there’s no sugar coating that. Toronto could not find the bottom of the basket from anywhere on the floor. Their 44% shooting from inside the arc is well below their 50% average on the season. Shooting 24% from three point range is absolutely abysmal as well, being far below the average of even the worst shooting team in the league. The poor shooting has been a trend over the last four games. Over that span of time the Raptors have posted the fourth lowest three-point shooting percentage league wide at 28.5% (10.3/36). Before that, Toronto was the best shooting team by a significant margin, nailing 40.2% (14.5/36.2) of their shots from long range.

OG Anunoby’s Growth

Throughout this roller-coaster of a season, Toronto has something to be proud of in OG Anunoby. Anunoby has truly embraced the role of a modern day 3-and-D wing. His defensive ability was the initial selling point when the Raptors drafted him in 2017, and that has improved drastically with his offence following suit. His growth as a long distance shooter allows him to seamlessly fit into the Raptors’ offensive system. During the game against the Bulls his third quarter performance is the reason the Raptors were able to comeback. He has truly established himself as a key part of Toronto’s identity and will hopefully continue to thrive.

The Raptors return to Scotiabank Arena for their rematch against the Clippers and 2019 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday at 7:00 PM/EST. This will be Kawhi’s first return to Toronto since his departure and he will receive his ring in a special ceremony, which will be held at 6:45 PM/EST. Tune in for what should be an exciting battle between two playoff bound teams.