The Toronto Raptors defeated the Chicago Bulls by a score of 117 – 101 on Thursday night’s home season opener.

Valanciunas provided big Lithuanian numbers on the night with 23 points and 15 rebounds on 9/17 FG% 

C.J Miles lit up the ACC on his Raptors debut with 22 points and 5 rebounds racking up 4/4 from the 3 point line in the first half, finishing the game 6/9 3PT% and 7/12 from the field. 

Thursday night’s game saw the Toronto Raptors bench provide a huge spark and solid performances by Delon Wright who finished the night with 13 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists on 23 min and OG Anunoby also on his Raptors debut with 9 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 17 minutes of action.

The game showed promise on the Toronto Raptors second unit, with the starters struggling to start the game. It was up to the bench to come in and provide some life and excitement to an ACC that was in need of it. 

Demar Derozan had a tough offensive night starting 0/5 from the field and finishing the game 2/9, though he did help in other ends of the floor such as sharing the basketball and just being a leader on the court, finishing with 5 assists and 6 rebounds in 32 minutes.

Kyle Lowry neared a double double with 12 points and 9 assists on 4/7 from the field in 31 minutes demonstrating once more that he can do a lot more things on the floor when scoring is not coming that easy. 

C.J MILES LIGHTING IT UP

It was, especially in the second quarter that Raptors fans got to really see something special from their brand new acquisition C.J Miles. 

A sharp 3 point shooter that has limitless range and can score from anywhere outside the 3 point line with a hand in his face. 

Miles understands exactly why he is part of the Toronto Raptors organization and has demonstrated that in the first game by doing exactly what is asked of him and what the Raptors were so in need of (we all know what that is). 

All in all the Raptors are back, and yes, they did not face that good of a team; but the night went as it should have gone, and we got to see glimpses of what is to come in the next 81 games.

The boys are ready and prepared for the new season!

The Toronto Raptors now will face the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday October 21st at 7:30 pm on the north side (ACC) once again.

It will be more challenging for everyone but that is what is all about… “challenges”

For now, we just have to wait and trust that Saturday night will finish with a 2-0 record.

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