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Jonas Valanciunas, Raptors pull out a close one against Bulls, 85-79

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The Chicago Bulls couldn't find their shot, finishing 30-82 (36.6%), including 2-9 (22.2%) from three-point range, as they lost in a close game against Toronto Raptors, 85-79. Toronto (14-15) has now won three consecutive games.

Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 points on 5-10 shooting from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line. Other top contributors for Toronto included Kyle Lowry with 13 points and 6 assists, DeMar DeRozan with 11 points and 8 rebounds, and Patrick Patterson with 10 points and 5 rebounds. Despite the loss, Luol Deng put up 16 points for Chicago on 6-15 shooting from the field and 4-5 from the free throw line. Taj Gibson contributed 12 points and 5 rebounds.

In addition to 22.2% from 3-point range, the Bulls tallied an eFG% of just 37.8%. They are 2-7 on the season when registering marks below 30% and 45%, respectively, in those statistics. The Raptors, conversely, are 1-0 when holding the opposition to such dismal shooting numbers.

This drops Chicago (12-18) to 1-2 against Toronto on the year.

Coming up next, the Raptors battle the Indiana Pacers, who are 25-5 on the year. The Bulls meet the Boston Celtics, currently 13-18 this season. The Raptors have a 0-1 record against Indiana this season.


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