An inspired second-half surge saw the Toronto Raptors pick up their eleventh straight victory with a win against the Chicago Bulls. How did everyone grade?
Well, another game, another win for the Toronto Raptors. This time, it came on Super Bowl Sunday at the expense of the Chicago Bulls, who are still vying for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. Performances like that won't do a lot to secure belief that they can do it.
The Raptors entered the game with yet another injury - this one sustained to potential Sixth Man of the Year candidate, Norman Powell. Unfortunately, Powell suffered a fracture to the fourth metacarpal in his left and is now out indefinitely.
This season has seen Powell step up into a career-year and the Raptors have leaned on his scoring during the past few months, so losing him is a big blow.
But, just as the Raptors have done amidst all of the injuries this season, they carried on fighting. After a shaky first half against the Chicago Bulls, the Raptors responded in the second half and walked over the visitors. When all was said and done, the Raptors had shot 57-percent from the field and 47-percent from three.
If anything, this night was about Terence Davis, though. The rookie had a career-high 31 points on 12-of-15 shooting only days after being snubbed from the NBA's Rising Stars game at All-Star weekend. No matter, because winning matters more.
Overall, it was an impressive win for the Raptors as they scored 69 points in the second half. No one played more than 30 minutes and seven players finished with double-digit scoring totals. That's a well-rounded victory.
It's now 11 straight wins too. The Raptors are now heading towards another franchise record during this winning streak. One more win would break the record.
One more win.