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Leonard scores 27 as Raptors beat Bulls 95-89

TORONTO (AP) A game against the defensive-minded Chicago Bulls wasn't the ideal situation for the Toronto Raptors to get their struggling offense back on track.

In the end, Toronto did just enough to eke out a win.

Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, Pascal Siakam had 20 points and 12 rebounds and the Raptors beat Chicago 95-89 on Sunday night, their seventh straight victory over the Bulls.

Danny Green and Fred VanVleet each scored 10 points as Toronto bounced back from its largest defeat of the season, a 29-point loss at Orlando on Friday.

''They definitely mucked up the game and made it ugly and dirty and slow,'' VanVleet said of the Bulls, who have lifted their defensive intensity under new coach Jim Boylen. ''Give them credit for that, but you've got to be able to win in different ways.''

After setting season-lows in made baskets (28) and field goal percentage (.295) at Orlando, the Raptors got off to a rough start against the Bulls. They scored 14 points in the first quarter, matching their fewest in any frame this season.

Leonard scored 12 points in the decisive fourth, going 8 for 8 at the free throw line.

''It was an uphill fist fight the whole way,'' Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. ''We found a way to get to the basket eventually.''

Lauri Markkanen had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Wendell Carter Jr. had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who didn't score for the first 3:19 of the fourth.

''I thought we battled,'' Boylen said. ''For about 36-38 minutes we controlled the game, we controlled the tempo. I'm really proud of our guys.''

Chicago's Zach LaVine fouled out with 13 points. It was a poor shooting night for LaVine, who went 3 for 17, including 0 for 3 from 3-point range.

''I'm still coming off this ankle (injury) so I don't have the same lift but I've got to make them regardless,'' LaVine said. ''Just one of those days. I wish I could go back and make them.''

Kris Dunn scored 14 points, and Justin Holiday and Chandler Hutchison each had 11 as the Bulls fell to 5-8 under Boylen.

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (sore lower back) sat for the seventh time in eight games. Toronto is 5-3 without the four-time All-Star.

Ahead 68-65 to start the fourth, the Raptors got back-to-back 3-pointers from Delon Wright and Siakam and held a 74-65 lead at 10:10.

Carter ended Chicago's drought with a hook shot at 8:41. The Bulls missed 12 of their first 15 shots in the final quarter.

Markkanen's 3 at 1:21 brought Chicago within 85-82, but Leonard answered with a pair of free throws. After a missed shot by Dunn, Siakam was fouled and made a pair, giving Toronto an 89-82 advantage with 25 seconds to go.

Toronto outscored the Bulls 13-2 in fast-break points and scored 21 points off 18 Chicago turnovers, a combination Boylen called ''gut-wrenching.''

''We gave them 45 points off things I think we've got to control better,'' he said.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Chicago matched a season-low for opponent's points in the first half. ... F Bobby Portis missed his fifth straight game because of a sprained right ankle.

Raptors: Coach Nick Nurse said Lowry is recovering and should be able to return soon. Lowry also missed time with a bruised hip during this stretch of absences. ... VanVleet snapped a streak of 16 consecutive missed shots with a fast break layup in the third. VanVleet missed his final eight attempts in Friday's loss to the Magic. ... Toronto has won three straight at home.

BATTLE OF THE BOARDS

Toronto finished with 17 offensive rebounds to Chicago's 10, and held a 10-5 advantage in that category in the second half.

''Offensive rebounding hurt us,'' Hutchison said. ''That's one thing we keep harping on is we can't beat ourselves in situations like that.''

MONTH BY MONTH

Toronto went 8-7 in December and has not had a losing record in a month since going 8-9 in January 2017.

DOUBLE FIGURES

VanVleet has scored 10 or more points in eight straight games, one shy of his career high.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Host Orlando on Wednesday night.

Raptors: Host Utah on Tuesday night.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:42   Fred VanVleet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:40   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
11:25 +2 Wendell Carter Jr. made floating jump shot, assist by Zach LaVine 2-0
11:04   Out of bounds turnover on Serge Ibaka  
10:47   Wendell Carter Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:45   Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
10:38 +2 Kawhi Leonard made jump shot, assist by Pascal Siakam 2-2
10:02   Pascal Siakam missed driving layup  
10:00   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
9:56   Shooting foul on Serge Ibaka  
9:56 +1 Zach LaVine made 1st of 2 free throws 3-2
9:56 +1 Zach LaVine made 2nd of 2 free throws 4-2
9:35   Serge Ibaka missed hook shot  
9:32   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
9:25   Traveling violation turnover on Kris Dunn  
9:05   Defensive rebound by Justin Holiday  
8:58   Out of bounds turnover on Kris Dunn  
8:49 +2 Danny Green made jump shot, assist by Serge Ibaka 4-4
8:34 +2 Justin Holiday made finger-roll layup, assist by Lauri Markkanen 6-4
8:21   Kawhi Leonard missed jump shot  
8:18   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
8:09   Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
7:54   Bad pass turnover on Kawhi Leonard, stolen by Justin Holiday  
7:51   Justin Holiday missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Danny Green  
7:47   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
7:41 +2 Pascal Siakam made dunk, assist by Serge Ibaka 6-6
7:22   Shooting foul on Serge Ibaka  
7:22 +1 Wendell Carter Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 7-6
7:22 +1 Wendell Carter Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 8-6
7:08   Bad pass turnover on Kawhi Leonard, stolen by Justin Holiday  
7:05 +2 Justin Holiday made dunk 10-6
6:46   Offensive rebound by Danny Green  
6:35   Serge Ibaka missed hook shot  
6:32   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
6:21 +2 Kris Dunn made floating jump shot 12-6
6:01   Serge Ibaka missed hook shot  
5:58   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
5:44   Bad pass turnover on Lauri Markkanen, stolen by Danny Green  
5:34   Pascal Siakam missed hook shot  
5:32   Defensive rebound by Justin Holiday  
5:19   Kris Dunn missed jump shot  
5:16   Defensive rebound by Fred VanVleet  
5:10   Kawhi Leonard missed jump shot  
5:07   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
5:01   Bad pass turnover on Justin Holiday, stolen by Fred VanVleet  
4:55 +2 Kawhi Leonard made jump shot, assist by Fred VanVleet 12-8
4:37   Wendell Carter Jr. missed jump shot  
4:35   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
4:25   Serge Ibaka missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:22   Offensive rebound by Serge Ibaka  
4:21   Out of bounds turnover on Serge Ibaka  
4:07   Kris Dunn missed driving layup, blocked by Greg Monroe  
4:07   CHI team rebound  
4:00   Zach LaVine missed finger-roll layup  
3:44 +2 Kawhi Leonard made floating jump shot 12-10
3:21 +2 Chandler Hutchison made hook shot, assist by Kris Dunn 14-10
3:07   Bad pass turnover on Fred VanVleet, stolen by Justin Holiday  
2:49   Zach LaVine missed finger-roll layup  
2:46   Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
2:41   Norman Powell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:39   Defensive rebound by Chandler Hutchison  
2:22 +2 Chandler Hutchison made reverse layup, assist by Zach LaVine 16-10
2:05   Greg Monroe missed hook shot  
2:03   Defensive rebound by Chandler Hutchison  
1:53   Justin Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:50   Defensive rebound by Norman Powell  
1:30 +2 Danny Green made fade-away jump shot 16-12
1:11 +2 Justin Holiday made jump shot 18-12
0:47   Delon Wright missed floating jump shot  
0:45   Defensive rebound by Shaquille Harrison  
0:32   Out of bounds turnover on Wendell Carter Jr.  
0:25 +2 Delon Wright made floating jump shot 18-14
0:00 +2 Lauri Markkanen made jump shot 20-14
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45 +2 Chandler Hutchison made layup, assist by Ryan Arcidiacono 22-14
11:24   OG Anunoby missed hook shot  
11:22   Defensive rebound by Shaquille Harrison  
11:04   Robin Lopez missed hook shot  
11:02   Defensive rebound by Greg Monroe  
10:44   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
10:28   Traveling violation turnover on Robin Lopez  
10:17 +2 Delon Wright made reverse layup 22-16
10:17   Shooting foul on Chandler Hutchison  
10:17 +1 Delon Wright made free throw 22-17
9:58 +3 Lauri Markkanen made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shaquille Harrison 25-17
9:49 +3 Danny Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Delon Wright 25-20
9:31   Robin Lopez missed jump shot  
9:30   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
9:16   Defensive rebound by Robin Lopez  
8:55   Lauri Markkanen missed jump shot  
8:53   Defensive rebound by Greg Monroe  
8:50   Danny Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:46   Defensive rebound by Robin Lopez  
8:33   Traveling violation turnover on Lauri Markkanen  
8:01   Lauri Markkanen missed jump shot  
7:57   Offensive rebound by Robin Lopez  
7:55   Bad pass turnover on Robin Lopez, stolen by Norman Powell  
7:51 +2 Norman Powell made finger-roll layup 25-25
7:35   Out of bounds turnover on Ryan Arcidiacono  
7:21   Defensive rebound by Shaquille Harrison  
7:04   Shooting foul on Greg Monroe  
7:04 +1 Shaquille Harrison made 1st of 2 free throws 26-25
6:56 +2 Kawhi Leonard made finger-roll layup 26-27
6:43   Justin Holiday missed finger-roll layup  
6:36   Shooting foul on Serge Ibaka  
6:36   Shaquille Harrison missed free throw  
6:34   Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
6:23   Fred VanVleet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:18   Defensive rebound by Zach LaVine  
6:04   Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
5:58 +2 Norman Powell made finger-roll layup, assist by Pascal Siakam 28-29
5:35   Lost ball turnover on Zach LaVine, stolen by Serge Ibaka  
5:30 +2 Pascal Siakam made finger-roll layup, assist by Fred VanVleet 28-31
5:04   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
4:58   Pascal Siakam missed reverse layup  
4:56   Defensive rebound by Kris Dunn  
4:53   Zach LaVine missed layup, blocked by Chris Boucher  
4:53   CHI team rebound  
4:43 +2 Wendell Carter Jr. made alley-oop shot, assist by Kris Dunn 30-31
4:32   Norman Powell missed floating jump shot  
4:30   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
4:17   Justin Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:15   Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
3:53   Fred VanVleet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:50   Offensive rebound by Chris Boucher  
3:45 +3 Chris Boucher made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Pascal Siakam 30-34
3:27   Shooting foul on Chris Boucher  
3:27 +1 Kris Dunn made 1st of 2 free throws 31-34
3:27 +1 Kris Dunn made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-34
3:08   Fred VanVleet missed reverse layup  
3:06   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
2:51 +2 Zach LaVine made hook shot 34-34
2:51   Shooting foul on Chris Boucher  
2:44   Fred VanVleet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:43   Offensive rebound by Fred VanVleet  
2:37   Shooting foul on Lauri Markkanen  
2:37   TOR team rebound  
2:37   Pascal Siakam missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:37 +1 Pascal Siakam made 2nd of 2 free throws 35-35
2:20   Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
2:14   Pascal Siakam missed finger-roll layup  
2:11   Offensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
2:02 +2 Pascal Siakam made finger-roll layup 35-37
1:48   Personal foul on Pascal Siakam  
1:48 +1 Lauri Markkanen made 1st of 2 free throws 36-37
1:48 +1 Lauri Markkanen made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-37
1:41   Kawhi Leonard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:39   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
1:23   Zach LaVine missed finger-roll layup  
1:21   Defensive rebound by Lorenzo Brown  
1:15   Kawhi Leonard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:12   Defensive rebound by Zach LaVine  
0:53   Zach LaVine missed driving layup, blocked by Chris Boucher  
0:51   Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
0:44   Offensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
0:42 +3 Kawhi Leonard made 3-pt. jump shot 37-40
0:25 +2 Kris Dunn made jump shot 39-40
0:10   Personal foul on Zach LaVine  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:47   Violation  
11:37   Personal foul on Zach LaVine  
11:29   Fred VanVleet missed reverse layup, blocked by Kris Dunn  
11:29   TOR team rebound  
11:26   Danny Green missed fade-away jump shot  
11:24   Defensive rebound by Justin Holiday  
11:04 +2 Justin Holiday made dunk, assist by Wendell Carter Jr. 43-40
10:50 +2 Pascal Siakam made driving layup, assist by Fred VanVleet 43-42
10:29 +2 Kris Dunn made layup 45-42
10:21   Lost ball turnover on Pascal Siakam  
10:21   Personal foul on Pascal Siakam  
10:02 +2 Zach LaVine made jump shot 47-42
9:48 +2 Serge Ibaka made hook shot, assist by Fred VanVleet 47-44
9:32   Personal foul on Fred VanVleet  
9:19   Lauri Markkanen missed fade-away jump shot  
9:10   Kawhi Leonard missed layup  
9:09   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
8:58 +2 Kris Dunn made driving layup 49-44
8:40   Pascal Siakam missed finger-roll layup  
8:37 +2 Pascal Siakam made dunk 49-46
8:37   Offensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
8:19   Lost ball turnover on Wendell Carter Jr., stolen by Danny Green  
8:14   Shooting foul on Kris Dunn  
8:14   Kawhi Leonard missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:14   TOR team rebound  
8:14 +1 Kawhi Leonard made 2nd of 2 free throws 49-47
7:58   Zach LaVine missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:55   Defensive rebound by Serge Ibaka  
7:46   Fred VanVleet missed floating jump shot  
7:45   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
7:39   Kris Dunn missed jump shot  
7:34   Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
7:26 +3 Danny Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Fred VanVleet 49-50
7:08 +3 Lauri Markkanen made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kris Dunn 52-50
6:57 +2 Kawhi Leonard made floating jump shot, assist by Fred VanVleet 52-52
6:57   Shooting foul on Justin Holiday  
6:57 +1 Kawhi Leonard made free throw 52-53
6:43   Wendell Carter Jr. missed layup, blocked by Danny Green  
6:41   Offensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
6:32   Zach LaVine missed 3-pt. floating jump shot  
6:32   CHI team rebound  
6:33   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
6:22   Bad pass turnover on Fred VanVleet, stolen by Lauri Markkanen  
5:59   Defensive rebound by Fred VanVleet  
5:53   Traveling violation turnover on Serge Ibaka  
5:35   Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
5:22   Offensive rebound by Serge Ibaka  
5:21 +2 Serge Ibaka made hook shot 52-55
5:08   Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
5:07 +2 Fred VanVleet made finger-roll layup, assist by Pascal Siakam 52-57
4:46 +3 Justin Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ryan Arcidiacono 55-57
4:24 +2 Serge Ibaka made jump shot, assist by Fred VanVleet 55-59
4:09   Backcourt turnover on Kris Dunn  
4:03   Kawhi Leonard missed jump shot  
4:00   Defensive rebound by Kris Dunn  
3:54 +2 Kris Dunn made jump shot 57-59
3:47   Personal foul on Justin Holiday  
3:31 +3 Fred VanVleet made 3-pt. jump shot 57-62
3:05   Ryan Arcidiacono missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:03   Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
2:57   Kawhi Leonard missed layup  
2:56   Defensive rebound by Chandler Hutchison  
2:53   Backcourt turnover on Kris Dunn  
2:44   Shooting foul on Robin Lopez  
2:44 +1 Fred VanVleet made 1st of 2 free throws 57-63
2:44 +1 Fred VanVleet made 2nd of 2 free throws 57-64
2:31 +2 Chandler Hutchison made finger-roll layup 59-64
2:22   Fred VanVleet missed finger-roll layup  
2:20   Defensive rebound by Robin Lopez  
2:10   Kris Dunn missed floating jump shot  
1:56   Bad pass turnover on Pascal Siakam, stolen by Ryan Arcidiacono  
1:39 +3 Ryan Arcidiacono made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kris Dunn 62-64
1:18   OG Anunoby missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Kris Dunn  
1:14   Offensive rebound by OG Anunoby  
1:13   Norman Powell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:10   Offensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
1:08 +2 Pascal Siakam made driving layup 62-66
0:43   Defensive rebound by OG Anunoby  
0:36   OG Anunoby missed floating jump shot  
0:34   Offensive rebound by OG Anunoby  
0:14 +3 Chandler Hutchison made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kris Dunn 65-68
0:00   Delon Wright missed driving layup  
0:00   TOR team rebound  
0:00   End of period