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Patrick Williams Posts Career-High as Bulls Defeat Raptors 118-95

Patrick Williams scored a career-high 23 points and led nine Bulls in double-figures to beat the Raptors on Sunday night.

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The Chicago Bulls defeated a decimated Toronto Raptors team 118-95 on Sunday night at the United Center.

Patrick Williams led all Bulls scorers with a career-high 23 points. Zach LaVine also contributed 15 points of his own as nine different Bulls scored in double figures, providing a well-balanced attack throughout the night.

Norman Powell led the Raptors with 32 points as Toronto was missing five regulars and lost their fifth straight game. Kyle Lowry added in 20 points before being ejected in the final minutes after picking up a second technical foul of the game.

The Setup

The Bulls were looking to win their first game post-All-Star Break and bring their record to within three games of .500.

Major news broke the day before the game as Billy Donovan planned to bench two starters — Coby White and Wendell Carter Jr. — in favor of Tomas Satoransky and Sixth Man of the Year candidate, Thaddeus Young.

Carter Jr. responded with a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. White added 13 points on the night.

The Raptors, on the other hand, have experienced a disappointing, injury-riddled season thus far and have been playing their home games in Tampa, Florida, far from the comforts of home in Toronto. Starters Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, and OG Anunoby were all sidelined for this one.

Carter Jr. and Coby Respond

Both squads struggled from the floor early on in the game as neither team hit a field goal until just over nine minutes remaining in the first quarter. It was a back-and-forth affair throughout much of the opening frame until the Bulls grabbed the lead for good late in the quarter.

Carter Jr. responded to being benched by Billy Donovan with an aggressive and productive opening 12 minutes in which he posted seven points and three rebounds in the first quarter.

The Bulls continued their balanced attack in the second quarter as Coby White added eight points of his own. The Bulls’ defense was also fantastic in the first half, holding the Raptors to just 36% from the field. A 9-2 Bulls run to end the first half put the home team in a good position up nine at the half.

Williams Produces Career-High Performance

The Bulls got off to a good start in the second half as well. Patrick Williams led the way by scoring 11 of his career-high 23 points in the third quarter alone, going a perfect 4/4 from the field. The 19-year-old fourth overall pick has quietly had a productive rookie season for the Bulls as he took a large leap in his development on Sunday night.

Once again, it was the Bulls’ team defense that truly put the Raptors away late. Forcing Toronto to shoot just 38% from the field during the fourth quarter, the Bulls prevented their opponent from finding a rhythm and kept extending their lead throughout the latter parts of the contest.

Zach LaVine turned it on in the fourth, scoring eight of his 15 points while Denzel Valentine exploded for 11 points of his own in the last frame. The Bulls won comfortably in the end, 118-95.

What’s On Tap Next

The Bulls continue their homestand as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. Tip-off is set for 8 PM CDT and the game can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago.

As always, you can catch all of the latest Bulls breaking news, opinions, analysis, and more at Bulls On Tap presented by On Tap Sports Net.


I love soccer. Write about Fire, Red Stars, U.S. National Teams, Chicago House, and more. Occasional writer for Bulls and Cubs. Follow me on Twitter (@just_wasik).

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