VanVleet scores career high 30 points in win over the Hawks

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CHICAGO, IL – FEBRUARY 14: Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors brings the ball up the court against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 14, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Raptors defeated the Bulls 122-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, […]

With All-Star Kawhi Leonard sitting out with knee soreness, the Toronto Raptors needed other players to step up Thursday night in Atlanta. Fred VanVleet did just that.

The Rockford native scored a career-high 30 points. He made 11 of 22 shots from the field. He also added six assists and five rebounds. The Raptors beat the Hawks 119-101.

VanVleet’s previous career high was 25 points in a game last January against the Lakers. What made VanVleet’s performance even more remarkable was that he had only one turnover in 37 minutes of action. He finished the night with a plus/minus rating of +32 which means when he was on the court the Raptors outscored the Hawks by 32 points.

Pascal Siakam also scored a career-high 33 points for the Raptors.

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