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VanVleet, Green, Ibaka lead Raptors to 122-83 rout of Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) With Kawhi Leonard sitting out, Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse inserted Fred VanVleet into the starting lineup Saturday night hoping it would snap the reserve guard out of a recent funk.

Mission accomplished.

VanVleet scored 18 points, Danny Green added 17 and Serge Ibaka had 16 points and four blocks, sending the short-handed Raptors to a 122-83 rout of the Chicago Bulls that snapped their three-game losing streak.

Leonard, the team's leading scorer, was held out after playing 43 minutes in an overtime loss Friday night at Boston. He played in just nine games last season and has yet to appear in back-to-back games this season.

Green went 7 for 7 from the field, including 3 of 3 on 3-pointers. VanVleet, who entered shooting just 36.1 percent from the floor, was 7 for 11 - including 4 of 7 on 3s.

''Obviously, getting out there and getting an extended run is helpful to get a rhythm,'' VanVleet said. ''But at the end of the day, I just have to make shots, and tonight I was able to do that.''

Antonio Blakeney had 13 points and Justin Holiday and Jabari Parker each added 12 for the Bulls, who have dropped four straight.

Chicago also played without its leading scorer, Zach LaVine, who sat out with an illness. LaVine first experienced symptoms Thursday night and struggled through Friday night's game at Milwaukee.

Without him, the Bulls struggled on offense, making just 30 of 86 field goal attempts (34.9 percent) and committing 22 turnovers.

''We didn't have a rhythm,'' coach Fred Hoiberg said. ''We had trouble executing, we allowed them to crawl up into us and there were way too many turnovers.''

VanVleet had 10 first-half points on 4-for-8 shooting. Pascal Siakam also scored 10 and Green led the way with 14 as Toronto took a 57-44 halftime lead.

The Bulls managed just nine points in the third quarter (on 4-for-19 shooting) as the Raptors opened an 89-56 lead entering the fourth.

VanVleet had eight points and made all three of his shots in the third.

''He really looked like his old self,'' Nurse said. ''He's been a shell of himself lately, in all phases. Not getting the ball where he wants to go. Not shooting the 3 at a high level. In my head, he's a 45-plus shooter and he's shooting somewhere in the 20s this year.

''He just looked like a different guy out there, and that's good.''

None of Toronto's starters played in the fourth, but the Raptors still managed to stretch the lead to 40 points.

''We need to do something,'' Chicago rookie Wendell Carter Jr. said. ''Try our hardest, don't quit and play as hard as you can until the last second.''

SECOND-HALF WOES

The Bulls were outscored 65-39 in the second half, a day after being outscored 78-41 after halftime at Milwaukee.

HOME COOKING

Besides starting, VanVleet got a lift from playing in the United Center. He's from Rockford, about a 90-minute drive away, and had family and friends in attendance.

''It's always great to play here,'' VanVleet said.

BOTTOMS UP

Bulls center Robin Lopez displayed a unique celebration after hitting a 3-pointer in the first half. As he headed back on defense, Lopez pantomimed opening a can of beer and taking a swig. It was his first 3 of the season.

TIP-INS

Raptors: G Kyle Lowry didn't return after tweaking an ankle in the third quarter. Lowry, though, said afterward that's he's fine. ... OG Anunoby (sprained right wrist), C.J. Miles (right adductor strain) and Norman Powell (left shoulder) didn't play.

Bulls: F Lauri Markkanen, sidelined since the preseason with a sprained right elbow, is close to being cleared for contact. ''We'll see,'' Hoiberg said. ''He just had a great workout before we had our walkthrough out there and he's making progress, and that's the important thing.''

UP NEXT

Raptors: At the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.

Bulls: Host the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
K. Leonard
2 SF
Z. LaVine
8 PG
35.9 Min. Per Game 35.9
25.3 Pts. Per Game 25.3
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
5.4 Reb. Per Game 5.4
47.3 Field Goal % 43.2
47.3 Three Point % 43.2
86.9 Free Throw % 86.2
  Out of bounds turnover on Antonio Blakeney 0:15
  Offensive rebound by Antonio Blakeney 0:16
  Shaquille Harrison missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:19
  Shaquille Harrison missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:19
  Team rebound 0:19
  Shooting foul on Greg Monroe 0:19
+ 3 Jordan Loyd made 3-pt. jump shot 0:32
+ 1 Shaquille Harrison made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:48
+ 1 Shaquille Harrison made 1st of 2 free throws 0:48
  Shooting foul on Malachi Richardson 0:48
+ 2 Greg Monroe made dunk 1:00
Team Stats
Points 122 83
Field Goals 48-89 (53.9%) 30-86 (34.9%)
3-Pointers 14-35 (40.0%) 8-27 (29.6%)
Free Throws 12-13 (92.3%) 15-21 (71.4%)
Total Rebounds 60 44
Offensive 8 7
Defensive 46 27
Team 6 10
Assists 31 21
Steals 14 13
Blocks 10 3
Turnovers 23 22
Fouls 24 19
Technicals 1 0
8 PTS, 7 REB, 8 AST
7 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Raptors 13-4 27303233122
home team logo Bulls 4-13 1826122783
Team Stats
away team logo Raptors 13-4 115.7 PPG 45.7 RPG 25.4 APG
home team logo Bulls 4-13 101.8 PPG 41.6 RPG 22.0 APG
Key Players
F. VanVleet PG 9.2 PPG 2.3 RPG 4.4 APG 41.1 FG%
A. Blakeney SG 9.5 PPG 1.9 RPG 0.5 APG 42.6 FG%
Top Scorers
F. VanVleet PG 18 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
A. Blakeney SG 13 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
53.9 FG% 34.9
40.0 3PT FG% 29.6
92.3 FT% 71.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
F. VanVleet 29 18 4 4 1 1 1 2 7/11 4/7 0/0 2 2 31 +31
D. Green 25 17 4 3 1 0 1 2 7/7 3/3 0/0 1 3 27 +35
S. Ibaka 22 16 4 1 2 4 2 2 6/13 0/1 4/4 0 4 26 +24
P. Siakam 29 12 8 5 1 1 1 2 4/10 0/2 4/4 1 7 31 +30
K. Lowry 29 8 7 8 3 0 2 2 3/11 2/8 0/0 0 7 32 +23
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
F. VanVleet 29 18 4 4 1 1 1 2 7/11 4/7 0/0 2 2 31 +31
D. Green 25 17 4 3 1 0 1 2 7/7 3/3 0/0 1 3 27 +35
S. Ibaka 22 16 4 1 2 4 2 2 6/13 0/1 4/4 0 4 26 +24
P. Siakam 29 12 8 5 1 1 1 2 4/10 0/2 4/4 1 7 31 +30
K. Lowry 29 8 7 8 3 0 2 2 3/11 2/8 0/0 0 7 32 +23
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Brown 21 10 1 2 3 1 4 4 5/9 0/3 0/0 0 1 15 +9
M. Richardson 18 9 3 0 1 0 5 2 3/4 2/3 1/1 0 3 8 +9
J. Valanciunas 13 8 9 1 0 0 1 2 4/6 0/1 0/0 1 8 18 +14
J. Loyd 12 8 4 1 0 0 0 1 2/2 2/2 2/2 0 4 14 +6
G. Monroe 11 7 3 2 0 0 3 3 3/4 0/0 1/2 1 2 11 +1
D. Wright 19 7 4 4 2 1 3 1 3/8 1/3 0/0 2 2 19 +14
C. Boucher 6 2 3 0 0 2 0 1 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 3 7 -1
K. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Powell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Anunoby - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 122 54 31 14 10 23 24 48/89 14/35 12/13 8 46 239 +195
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Holiday 31 12 4 1 1 1 1 0 4/10 3/8 1/1 0 4 19 -30
J. Parker 27 12 6 2 2 0 3 3 5/14 2/4 0/0 1 5 21 -25
W. Carter Jr. 22 8 5 3 0 1 1 2 2/8 0/1 4/4 2 3 19 -20
R. Arcidiacono 30 6 2 3 0 0 1 3 2/7 2/6 0/0 0 2 13 -22
C. Payne 22 4 3 4 1 1 2 4 2/6 0/1 0/0 1 2 15 -16
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Holiday 31 12 4 1 1 1 1 0 4/10 3/8 1/1 0 4 19 -30
J. Parker 27 12 6 2 2 0 3 3 5/14 2/4 0/0 1 5 21 -25
W. Carter Jr. 22 8 5 3 0 1 1 2 2/8 0/1 4/4 2 3 19 -20
R. Arcidiacono 30 6 2 3 0 0 1 3 2/7 2/6 0/0 0 2 13 -22
C. Payne 22 4 3 4 1 1 2 4 2/6 0/1 0/0 1 2 15 -16
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Blakeney 32 13 3 1 0 0 4 0 6/19 0/2 1/2 1 2 14 -30
R. Lopez 14 9 0 0 1 0 2 2 4/6 1/1 0/2 0 0 8 -18
C. Hutchison 20 9 5 0 3 0 5 2 3/8 0/2 3/3 1 4 12 -14
S. Harrison 27 7 4 6 5 0 3 3 1/7 0/2 5/8 0 4 25 -19
C. Felicio 11 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 1/1 1 1 7 -1
D. Valentine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Dunn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Portis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. LaVine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ulis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Alkins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Markkanen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 83 34 21 13 3 22 19 30/86 8/27 15/21 7 27 153 -195