TORONTO—Terence Davis took a pass from Fred VanVleet with four-and-a-half minutes to play yesterday afternoon, and drilled a three-pointer to propel him over the 30-point mark.
Exactly how VanVleet had drawn it up.
Davis poured in a career-high 31 points—with a little help from his teammates—and lifted the Toronto Raptors to a 129-102 rout of Chicago that stretched their league-best win streak to a franchise-tying 11 games.
The Raptors are just one victory away from their longest winning streak in franchise history.
“The guys kept finding me," said Davis, who had 13 of his points in the fourth quarter. "Fred, he said I had 28, so he gave me the ball again to get 30. I thought that was pretty cool.”
Pascal Siakam had 17 points, while Serge Ibaka chipped in with 16 for the Raptors (36-14), who had seven players in double figures. Chris Boucher had 15 points, Kyle Lowry finished with 14, VanVleet had 12, while Patrick McCaw scored 10.
The Raptors were missing Norm Powell, who broke a finger in the fourth quarter Friday at Detroit, Marc Gasol (hamstring) and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (ankle).
Thaddeus Young led Chicago (19-33) with 21 points.
Davis, whose previous scoring high was 23 points, wasn't named to the Rising Stars game as part of NBA All-Star Weekend, and admitted it was “in the back of my mind” during his offensive outburst.
The Raptors couldn't put any significant distance on a pesky Bulls squad until the fourth quarter. The Raptors went into the final 12 minutes up 95-85, their biggest lead to that point. McCaw's three-pointer four minutes into the quarter capped a 16-5 run by a group of Raptor reserves that had the home team up by 21 points.
Raptors coach Nick Nurse stayed with his bench group through the game's final few minutes. When Davis drilled a three-pointer with 4:26 to play, giving Toronto a 25-point lead, he was mobbed by teammates when he headed to the bench for a timeout.
“It felt really good. It just shows you what type of team this is, this is a great organization, we all love each other, we care for each other, and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else, honestly,” Davis said.
In other NBA action yesterday, Detroit outlasted Denver 128-123 (OT); Houston dumped New Orleans 117-109; and Milwaukee thumped Phoenix 129-108.