Raptors keep rolling with win over Bulls

Patrick Patterson knocks the ball away from Loul Deng December 14, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois....

Patrick Patterson knocks the ball away from Loul Deng December 14, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:09 AM ET

CHICAGO - Break up the Raptors.

No, really. Break them up.

The new-look Raptors look too good to fail, as in, too strong, following the trade of Rudy Gay, to sink into the lottery abyss that the franchise so badly needs to be a part of in order to be relevant long-term.

On Saturday night, the team won its second consecutive game and third of four — 99-77 over the Bulls — since moving Gay to Sacramento for four players and looks completely different — and miles more effective — than it had earlier in the year.

Kyle Lowry, not bothered at all by being on the trade block, led the way with 16 points and six assists, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds, the rest of the starters were strong as well and two of the new faces — Patrick Patterson (12 points) and Greivis Vasquez (seven points, six assists) fit in seamlessly.


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