Bulls defeat Raptors 111-97

By Navneet Singh

On Monday night, Zach LaVine led the Chicago Bulls to an easy 111-97 victory over the Toronto Raptors with a season-high 30 points.

LaVine, who was managing an ailment to his knee, sat out of Sunday's nine-point loss against Toronto.

Before collecting his fifth foul with seven minutes and 26 seconds left in the fourth quarter, LaVine had scored the first nine points for the Bulls.

Bulls were able to cruise to victory the rest of the way thanks to a 15-point advantage. They increased their record in four sets of back-to-back games to 2-2.

With 15 points and 13 rebounds, centre Nikola Vucevic of the Bulls scored his fourth straight double-double.

With 27 points, guard Fred VanVleet led the Raptors.

Bulls overcame a sluggish start in which they made five mistakes in the opening five minutes by efficiently utilising their depth.

Scottie Barnes, a swingman with the Raptors, missed his first six shots but hit a booming dunk to make up for it.

With about a minute remaining in the second quarter, Gary Trent Jr. made a three-pointer to reduce the Raptors' deficit to 56-53.

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