NBA: Fred VanVleet scores 30 points in return, leading the Raptors against the Bulls

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FILE – Fred VanVleet #23 and OG Anunoby #3 of the Toronto Raptors celebrate after a game in the second half of a basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Scotiabank Arena on October 26, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Image of Mark Blinch / Getty / AFP

Fred VanVleet returned from a three-game absence and had a season-high 30 points and 11 more assists as the Toronto Raptors beat the Chicago Bulls 113-104 on Sunday night.

VanVleet’s return from a return issue is a boost for the Raptors, who will be without Pascal Siakam (groin) for at least two weeks. Siakam was injured in the third round of Friday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

OG Anunoby added 22 points and Scottie Barnes had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who visit Chicago for a rematch on Monday.

Gary Trent Jr scored 12 points for Toronto and Christian Koloko peaked his career in points (11) and blocks (six) along with seven rebounds.

DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points for the Bulls.

Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Goran Dragic added 16 points, and Ayo Dosunmu had 15 for Chicago. Patrick Williams scored 13 points, Javonte Green scored 10 and Alex Caruso provided four points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Toronto led by one point in the fourth quarter, opening with seven straight Chicago points. Toronto responded with an explosive 7-0 game.

Toronto led by three points after Anunoby’s game with 5:18 remaining in the fourth inning. Anunoby steals and layup with 3:47 to play took the lead to six. Barnes increased his advantage to eight with a 2:16 left-back. DeRozan’s three-pointer 2:01 on the left cut the Bulls’ deficit to five, but that was the closest they got.

Chicago leads 30-21 after one inning.

Williams hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 13 in the first minute of the second half. After saving a shot, Koloko made a dribble from the other end to make it 16-4 to give Toronto a 43-42 lead with 4:42 remaining at half-time. Toronto leads 55-49 after halftime.

Trent’s pitch and free throw increased Toronto’s lead to 10 with 9:54 left in the third inning. Chicago used a 9-0 gain to shorten the lead to one. Chicago continued to end the third quarter with a score of 11-2.


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