By Joseph Phillips
In the final seconds of the fourth quarter, the Chicago Bulls fell to the Toronto Raptors 93-92 on Monday night at the United Center.
“They started to double team me,” said Zach Lavine, starting guard of the Chicago Bulls after getting off to a hot start early in the first half. “I think I only had six shots (in the second half).”
Lavine said after exploding for 20 points in the first half, the Raptors defense made adjustments and forced him into passing the ball rather than shooting it.
The Raptors was led by the great play of forward Pascal Siakam, who scored a game high 22 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.
Siakam and the Raptors defense made a huge play in the fourth quarter. Stopping Lavine’s layup attempt at the rim (for the win) as time expired.
Final score: Raptors 93, Bulls 92.
With Monday’s loss, the Bulls drop to 8-17 on the regular season and remain outside of the top 8 playoff spots in the East Conference.
In addition to the team’s loss on Monday, rookie forward Daniel Gafford recorded his fifth multi-block game of the season. Blocking three shots off the bench.
Chicago Crusader Players of The Game:
Zach Lavine, Bulls, 20 points.
Pascal Siakam, Raptors, 22 points.
Daniel Gafford, Bulls, 3 blocks.