Toronto Raptors Guard Kyle Lowry (7) tries to shoot while Chicago Bulls Guard Tomas Satoransky (31) and Luke Kornet (2nd ) watch during the first half of the NBA basketball game in Toronto, Sunday, February 2, 2020. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)
TORONTO – Terence Davis didn't forget to play for a spot in the Rising Stars Challenge on the All Star weekend. Still, the Toronto Raptors newbie is just happy to be playing for a competitor.
Davis left the bank to earn 31 career points, and the Raptors set a team record with their eleventh consecutive win, defeating the Chicago Bulls 129-102.
Toronto won 11 times in a row in January 2016 and again from February 26 to March 16, 2018.
Pascal Siakam added 17 points, Serge Ibaka had 16, Chris Boucher 15 and Kyle Lowry 14 for the reigning NBA champion. The Raptors defeated Bulls 69-39 in the second half and won their twelfth consecutive meeting with Chicago.
Davis made 12 of his 15 field goal attempts a career high, including six out of seven from the 3-point range.
"The ball went in, so I kept shooting," said Davis.
Davis is the sixth rookie in Raptors history to score at least 30 points in a game and the first to do so as a reserve.
"He benefits from all of his hard work," said coach Nick Nurse.
Davis said the all-star nudge was "definitely in the back of his mind" but insisted that he be happy with the Raptors, who are second in the east.
"I'm not saying I don't want to play in the game because it's a special event, but I prefer to play in the playoffs," said Davis.
Davis, a naughty rookie from the University of Mississippi, had scored 23 points twice this season, most recently against Washington on January 17. He surpassed this mark with a fourth quarter of 13 points and received a hug from Lowry when he checked out with 3:12 remaining.
"It just shows what kind of team that is," said Davis. "We all love each other, we care about each other and I honestly don't want to be anywhere else."
Thaddeus Young failed with 21 points and Zach LaVine had 18 when Toronto swept Chicago for the third time in a row.
Chandler Hutchison scored 17 points, and Ryan Arcidiacono and Coby White each had 12 for the Bulls, who are between 8 and 18.
The Raptors were without guard Norman Powell, who broke his ring finger on his left hand when he won Friday in Detroit. In mid-March Gasol missed his third game in a row due to an aching left Achilles tendon. Both players fail indefinitely.
"If Norm is outside, (Davis) will have an opportunity," said Lowry. "He has to take advantage of that."
Bull guard Kris Dunn missed his first game of the season, Hutchison started in his place. Trainer Jim Boylen said Dunn was diagnosed with a sprained medial ligament in his right knee.
Dunn was injured in Brooklyn's first loss on Friday. He flew back to Chicago on Saturday to be evaluated by the team's doctors.
Bull striker Daniel Gafford did not return after an apparent injury from a fall in the first quarter, but Boylen later said Gafford was fine. Gafford had missed the last nine games because of a contorted right thumb.
Chicago led 63-60 at halftime, but Toronto regained the lead 17-4 in the first five minutes of the third round.
"We lowered our head a little into this third when the ball didn't go in and they did their run," said Boylen.
Siakam scored nine points in the third and Ibaka had eight when the Raptors 95-85 took the lead.
"We threw it away," said a disappointed LaVine. "We make the same story most of the games we play at half time."
Bulls: F Lauri Markkanen (stress reaction, right pelvis) missed his sixth game in a row.
Raptors: Toronto has won four times in a row at home. … F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (right ankle) missed his fourth game in a row. Sister said Hollis-Jefferson could return against the Pacers on Wednesday. … G-F Malcolm Miller (neck) did not play. … The Raptors left the bulls behind with 66-30 points.
KNOCKING ON THE PLAYOFF DOOR
Chicago is the ninth in the east, three and a half games behind Orlando for the final playoff spot. The bulls lost three after winning four of the previous six.
"If you have the opportunity, you have to open the door," said LaVine. "We just stood there. We may have wiggled the handle a bit, but that's about it. "
Toronto is 13-0 this season if 50 percent or better is shot.
The Raptors won the fourth season in a row on Super Bowl Sunday.
Bulls: hosts New Orleans on Thursday evening.
Raptors: Host Indiana on Wednesday evening.
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