FINAL SCORE: TORONTO RAPTORS 129, CHICAGO BULLS 102
DATE: FEBRUARY 2, 2020 ATTENDANCE: 19,800 (Sellout).
FINAL SCORE RECORD HIGH POINTS HIGH REBOUNDS HIGH ASSISTS Chicago 102 19-33 Young – 21 Young/LaVine – 7 LaVine – 7 Toronto 129 36-14 Davis – 31 Siakam – 9 VanVleet – 8
Leading 95-85 after three quarters, Toronto opened the fourth on a 16-5 run to push the lead to 21 points with eight minutes remaining … Reserves Terence Davis and Patrick McCaw combined for 12 of the Raptors’ 16 points during the run … Fred VanVleet was the only Toronto starter to play in the fourth quarter.
The Raptors shot 56 per cent (47-for-84) from the field, including .706 (12-for-17) in the fourth quarter … Toronto improved to a perfect 13-0 this season when they shoot .500 or better from the floor.
• With the win, Toronto improves to 36-14 this season and 18-7 at home … The Raptors swept the season-series with Chicago for the third straight year and have now won 12 in a row vs. Chicago … Toronto’s next game is Wednesday night when they host Indiana.
• The Raptors have tied their longest winning streak in franchise history with 11 straight victories (Jan 15 – Feb. 2) … Toronto also won 11 consecutive games Feb. 26 – Mar. 16, 2018 and Jan. 6-30, 2016.
• Toronto improved to 7–6 in games they have played on Super Bowl Sunday … The Raptors have won on the day of the Super Bowl each of the past four years. • The Raptors bench scored 66 points, including 32 points in the fourth quarter. • After committing seven turnovers in the first quarter, the Raptors had eight the rest of the way.
• Toronto outscored the Bulls 56-40 in the paint and 20-13 on the fast-break.
• Terence Davis scored a career-high 31 points (12-15 FG, 6-7 3PT, 1-2 FT) in 28 minutes off the bench … Davis became the sixth Raptors rookie to score 30+ points in a game (Last: Norman Powell – Apr. 13, 2016 at Brooklyn) and first to accomplish this feat as a reserve.
• The Raptors had seven players score double figures – Davis (31), Pascal Siakam (17), Serge Ibaka (16), Chris Boucher (15), Kyle Lowry (14), Fred VanVleet (12) and Patrick McCaw (10).
• With the loss, Chicago falls to 19-33 on the season and 8-18 on the road … The Bulls have dropped three in a row (Jan. 29 – Feb. 2) – all on the road … Chicago’s next game is Thursday night when they return home to face New Orleans.
• Chicago shot .389 (35-for-90) from the field … The Bulls were held below 40 per cent shooting from the field in all three games vs. the Raptors this season. • Thaddeus Young scored a season-high 21 points in 30 minutes of action before fouling out.
• The Bulls had five players score in double digits – Young (21), Zach LaVine (18), Chandler Hutchison (17), Coby White (12) and Ryan Arcidiacono (12) … LaVine has led Chicago in assists in each of the last three games, averaging 8.0 assists … Arcidiacono’s 12 points tied a season high
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GAME #50 – TORONTO RAPTORS (35-14) vs. CHICAGO BULLS (19-32) SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2020 – 3 P.M. (ET) – SCOTIABANK ARENA TV: TSN – RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN
RAPTORS NOTES • The Toronto Raptors host the Chicago Bulls on Sunday afternoon at Scotiabank Arena. This is the third and final meeting between the two teams, with Toronto winning the first two games on the road. The Raptors have won 11 straight against the Bulls. With a victory Sunday, Toronto would sweep the season-series for the third straight year and sixth time in franchise history. Pascal Siakam is averaging a team-high 20.5 points in two games vs. Chicago this season. • The Raptors have won a season-high 10 straight games (Jan. 15-31), one shy of the franchise record. Toronto won 11 consecutive games twice; Feb. 26 – Mar. 16, 2018 and Jan. 6-30, 2016. Over the past 10 games, the Raptors are averaging 119.9 points and shooting .498 (444-891) from the field, including .390 (143-367) from three point range. Toronto also has a +56 (137-to-193) turnover differential during this stretch and leads the NBA in points per game off turnovers (24.6). Pascal Siakam is averaging a teamhigh 21.4 points during the current winning streak. • Serge Ibaka finished with 21 points and six rebounds Jan. 31 at Detroit. Ibaka has now scored 20+ points in a career high-tying three straight games (Jan. 28-31). He is averaging 23.7 points and shooting .667 (28-for-42) from the field, including .471 (8-for-17) from three-point distance, during this stretch. Toronto is 10-2 this season when Ibaka scores 20 or more points. • Kyle Lowry needs 54 points to tie Vince Carter (9,420) for third place on the Raptors’ all-time scoring list. DeMar DeRozan (13,296) is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, followed by Chris Bosh (10,275). • Pascal Siakam has scored 20+ points in four of the last five games (Jan. 24-31). Siakam is averaging 26.2 points and 7.2 rebounds, while shooting .523 (46-for-88) from the floor, over the last five contests. • The Raptors finished the month of January with a record of 12-3, tying the franchise record for most wins in a calendar month. Toronto also won 12 games in Nov. 2014, Jan. 2016, March 2018 and Nov. 2018. Toronto has finished with a winning record each of the past 21 calendar months (February 2017 – January 2020). The streak is the longest in franchise history and the longest current streak in the NBA. • Nick Nurse and his staff will coach Team Giannis at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago. With Friday’s 105-92 victory over Detroit, the Raptors (35-14, .714) clinched the best possible record in the Eastern Conference through games played Sunday, Feb. 2 among the 14 conference teams with a head coach eligible to participate in the All-Star Game. • Kyle Lowry has been named a reserve for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. Lowry will participate in his sixth All-Star Game (2015-20), the most in franchise history. He is the first player in NBA history to be selected to at least six All-Star teams after not being picked in any of his first eight seasons. Lowry will join forward Pascal Siakam in Chicago, who was voted a starter. Siakam’s selection extends a streak of six consecutive years that a Raptor has been voted into the starting five – Lowry (2015, 2016), DeMar DeRozan (2017, 2018) and Kawhi Leonard (2019). Chicago also marks the fifth straight year (2016-20) two players will represent Toronto in the All-Star Game.
• Contributed six points, two rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes Jan. 31 at Detroit. • Toronto is 19-4 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points. • Averaging a career-high 10.4 points and shooting a career-best .489 from the field this season.
• Recorded 30 points, seven rebounds, four assists and one block in 36 minutes Jan. 31 at Detroit. • Ranks 15th in the NBA in scoring (23.8); averaging 26.2 points over the last five games (Jan. 24-31). • Has scored 30+ points 12 times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.
• Scored 16 points and had team highs of nine assists and eight rebounds in 35 minutes Jan. 31 at Detroit. • Ranks fifth in the NBA in steals per game (1.95); has registered multiple steals in 19 games. • Has led the team outright in both rebounds and assists in consecutive games (Jan. 30-31).
INJURY REPORT Marc Gasol (Left hamstring; tightness) – Out Dewan Hernandez (Right ankle; sprain) – Out Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Right ankle sprain) – Out Norman Powell (Left hand; fractured fourth metacarpal) – Out
TODAY’S GAME DETAILS
Opponent: Chicago Bulls Date: Sunday, February 2 Tip-Off: 3 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: TSN Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN SERIES RECAP VS. CHICAGO OVERALL HOME ROAD 2019-20 2-0 0-0 2-0 ALL-TIME 43-48 22-23 21-25 STREAKS Won 11 Won 5 Won 6 LAST WIN: December 9, 2019 (93-92) LAST HOME WIN: March 26, 2019 (112-103) LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +39, November 17, 2018 LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -37, February 19, 1998 LAST TIME VS. CHICAGO
GAME 23 – DECEMBER 9, 2019 TORONTO 93, CHICAGO 92 CHICAGO — Pascal Siakam scored 22 points and Norman Powell added 17 points as the Raptors ended their first three-game skid since last November … Toronto beat Chicago for the 11th straight time … Zach LaVine scored 20 – all in the first half … Wendell Carter Jr. and Daniel Gafford each had 14 points for the Bulls, who made just 12 of 46 three-pointers on the way to their sixth loss in eight games … Raptors guard Fred VanVleet missed the game because of a bruised right knee … Kyle Lowry scored 11 points in his third game after missing 11 in a row with a broken left thumb … Chicago opened the fourth quarter with a 14-6 run that turned a 71-all tie into an 85-77 lead … Toronto was leading 89-87 when Chicago’s Lauri Markkanen nailed a 3 with 1:45 left … Powell scored for Toronto and Gafford hit a layup to give Chicago a 92-91 lead … Lowry scored on a drive with 51 seconds remaining … The Bulls had a chance to win in the closing seconds after an out-of-bounds call got overturned by replay review … Tomas Satoransky inbounded to LaVine, who missed a runner in traffic along the left side … Gafford was unable to control the rebound, and the ball bounced around as time expired. 1 2 3 4 TOT TORONTO 30 19 22 22 93 CHICAGO 30 21 20 21 92
Charlotte: O. Kaski (8) PP (J. Bean, M. Geekie), C. Bishop (4) (T. Broadhurst, G. Forsling), M. Geekie (15) (J. Kuokkanen, J. Bean), J. Gauthier (22) SH (Unassisted) Goaltender: A. Nedeljkovic (31/34)
Toronto: T. Liljegren (5) PP (A. Brooks, J. Bracco), H. Elynuik (3) (B. Harpur, T. Liljegren), G. Wilson (8) (J. Schmaltz, T. MacMaster) Goaltender: J. Woll (6/8), K. Kaskisuo (17/19)
ON THE SCORESHEET
Timothy Liljegren scored on the power play at 14:09 of the second period to put the Marlies on the board. He added the secondary assist on Elynuik’s third period goal. Liljegren has 16 points (3 goals, 13 assists) in his last 13 games.
Hudson Elynuik scored at 5:52 of the third period. Elynuik has eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) through 37 games this season.
Garrett Wilson scored at 9:08 of the third period. This was his 400th career AHL game. Wilson has 13 points (8 goals, 5 assists) through 38 games this season.
Adam Brooks recorded the primary assist on Liljegren’s second period power play goal. Brooks has 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 24 games with the Marlies.
Jeremy Bracco registered the secondary assist on Liljegren’s second period power play goal. Bracco is fifth in the League in assists (30).
Ben Harpur collected the primary assist on Elynuik’s third period goal. He has three points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games. Harpur has 11 points (1 goal, 10 assists) through 31 games this season.
Jordan Schmaltz picked up the primary assist on Wilson’s third period goal. Schmaltz has 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) through 32 games this season.
Tanner MacMaster had the secondary assist on Wilson’s third period goal. MacMaster has recorded four points (2 goals, 2 assists) through three straight games.
Joseph Woll stopped 6 of 8 shots he faced in 19:19 of action. Woll is now has a .885 save percentage and a 3.71 goals against average. Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 17 of 19 shots in relief of Woll. He is now 12-7-2-1 on the season and has a .912 Save Percentage and a 2.67 Goals Against Average.
Toronto was 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and 1-for-7 on the power play.
Toronto had a 34-27 edge in shots in all situations. Jordan Schmaltz led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
The Marlies are 2-3-0-1 against Atlantic Division opponents and finish their regular season series 1-2-0-1 against the Charlotte Checkers.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Goals: K. Agostino (21)
Assists: J. Bracco (30)
Points: P. Aberg (35)
PPG: N. Petan (6)
Shots: P. Aberg (115)
+/-: B. Harpur (+10)
PIMS: G. Wilson (69)
HOME SWEET HOME
Toronto’s home record is 14-7-0-0 (28 points) this season. Toronto’s longest home point streak reached 18 points from Oct. 5 to Nov. 24 (9-0-0-0).
The Marlies have outscored their opponents 75-56. Kenny Agostino leads the Marlies in goals (14) and Jeremy Bracco in assists (18) at home.
Goaltenders Kasimir Kaskisuo (7-3-0-0) and Joseph Woll (4-4-0-0) have combined to make 474 saves. Michael Hutchinson also started three games (3-0-0-0) at Coca-Cola Coliseum.
The Marlies are 7-11-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 3-14-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
Toronto is 7-7-2-0 when outshooting their opponent.
The Marlies are 8-5-2-2 in Saturday games and are 0-1-0-0 in February.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
Ben Harpur has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
Tanner MacMaster has points (2-2-4) in three consecutive games.
Timothy Liljegren has points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.
Rich Clune (high ankle sprain) did not dress for tonight’s game against Charlotte. He left Toronto’s game against Charlotte on January 19 and did not return.
Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for tonight’s game against Charlotte.
Jesper Lindgren (high ankle sprain)did not dress for tonight’s game against Charlotte. Heleft Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
January 31: Returned defenceman Kevin Gravel on loan from Toronto (NHL).
January 31: Recalled defenceman Kevin Gravel from loan by Toronto (NHL).
January 30: Released forward Giovanni Fiore from PTO
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On Toronto’s third period: Yeah, we saw the ceiling of what our team was. We controlled the period. There wasn’t a lot of opportunity or time or space for them to make plays. A lot of good signs. Not the start we want, got better as the game went on. We started to find that the third period was what we want to see consistently. This team is still fighting to find that consistent play and we had to have known and we talked about the response they were going to have after yesterday and the first period was a little lethargic. But some games in the past after getting down the team had a hard time coming back and generating. Today is a good sign of them moving in the right direction and they competed, they found their way back into the game and they gave themselves a chance to win.
On Kasimir Kaskisuo replacing Joseph Woll: Just didn’t really like how the couple goals went in. Kaskisuo gave us a great game yesterday. We’re trying to build some momentum for the team and wanted to put him in there to stabilize things for our group.
On Timothy Liljegren (1 goal, 1 assist): He might have been our best player on the ice tonight. He generates a lot. His skating and his ability to get pucks back transitions the game. He’s an elite player who’s starting to find his way and he has been for some time but tonight he definitely showcased that.
February 4 vs Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET February 7 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET February 8 vs Rochester – 4:00 p.m. ET February 9 vs Laval – 4:00 p.m. ET February 14 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
I thought we stayed with it. We knew it was going to be a really hard game and it was. They played hard, credit to them. Credit to the plan to the plan they put in place, credit to how they stuck with it and how hard they competed here on a back-to-back game for them. It was clear that this game was important to that group in how they played. It was important to us as well. I thought we stayed with it. It wasn’t an easy day for us. Ultimately found a way to make sure we got the one point and then in overtime, being what it is, a bit of an adventure, but I thought that our special teams — both in regulation and in overtime, obviously — were very good. So hats off to them. Hats off to [assistant coaches] Dave Hakstol and Paul McFarland for what they did in our timeouts to get our team set. Really good in that sense that we were able to get two points we really needed.
On why Kapanen was scratched tonight:
Internal accountability is really what it is. You guys will get a chance to talk to him when we get together again on Monday.
On if the scratch was a one-time event:
On how they came to a decision to scratch him:
We had chatted about it yesterday a little bit and then made our decision. I wanted to sleep on it, we talked with Kappy this morning and made a decision and went from there.
On if Kapanen was late for a meeting:
You guys will get a chance to talk with Kappy on Monday.
On how Kapanen took the news:
I think you guys will get a chance to talk about it. We’ll work our way through it. We’ll try to keep the focus on the game tonight.
On Spezza’s play tonight:
I thought he was excellent. He probably had a little extra jump here today; it was a big time goal that he scored. He got an opportunity there; it was clear he wasn’t going to miss on that one. So that was really good to see, and he had some other chances, he had a lot of jump, I was really happy with how he responded to that opportunity.
On tonight’s win as a step in Hutchinson’s progression:
Yeah, I would say that, absolutely. Sharp, confident, we had breakdowns today and he was there even sometimes when they had a couple looks — whether it was getting behind us on a breakaway or 2-on-1 and they didn’t quite get a shot off — but he was out, he was at the top of his crease, he was confident, he was aggressive. He just looked like he was out there to win the game for us and that’s what you want to see.
On the importance of tonight’s win coupled with a Florida loss:
There is a lot of hockey to be played so I think it’s a little early for us to be focusing much of what’s happening outside of our building, but they’re going to be coming in here on Monday and we certainly know we didn’t like the way that we played and the result we got when we were out there. We know we have to be a whole lot better here Monday and we’re excited for a chance to play for us a really important game.
On Marner’s awareness to take the shot in overtime:
Yeah it says a lot. It was also part of the plan that [McFarland] put in place to be honest. We knew they were going to make things pretty hard on our shooters, on Willy and Matty on the sides so we thought there might be a lane there for Mitch to shoot or to look for John at the bottom. He had the lane and made good on it so probably caught them off guard a little bit.
MICHAEL HUTCHINSON (24 SAVES)
On playing in the Battle of Ontario:
It was cool, it was a little extra added atmosphere. It’s also cool having Spezza on our side of Ontario now. I grew up watching him on the other side of it, so he always has some pretty funny stories about the Battle of Ontario back then. To be a part of it was pretty cool.
On having his confidence back:
It’s one of those things where I feel like I’ve been positive all year even at the start of the year when things weren’t going well. Just kept working hard and now that bounces are going our way a little bit and the team is playing great, we have a lot of confidence and our whole team has that swagger back. Especially after the break or the last three games we’ve played really solid games and really good games so hopefully we can keep it going.
MITCH MARNER (OVERTIME WINNER)
On Hutchinson’s play tonight:
Hutch has been huge for us the last couple times he’s been in that net. A couple of those saves were huge for us and kept us in that game. It’s a big win.
On his overtime winner:
I don’t think anyone really thinks I’m going to shoot that. So first two I got I looked at the net and saw a little bit of a lane and the third one came back and decided to try and get it to the net with [Tavares] crossing in front and luckily it went in.
JASON SPEZZA (1 GOAL)
On his game tonight:
I felt good and it was a tight game, so it was good to make some plays and I thought our line had some good chances. We could have given ourselves the lead there a few times but good to contribute.
On his end-to-end rush in the first period:
Yeah it opened up and got a good look at the net but then I muffed the rebound. I was kind of upset because if I get it up it’s in the net. The seas parted for me a little bit and would have liked to put that it.
On trying to use his shot more and his goal tonight:
I shot it more than I’ve shot it in weeks so maybe we should talk about it more. My whole life I’ve been told I’ve got to shoot the puck more. You know you take what’s there and they shaded off me there and got a good look and Sandin did a good job getting it over to me quick.
JOHN TAVARES (17:52 TOI)
On winning a tightly contested game against Ottawa:
Yeah, I think we had a good idea of what they were going to throw at us. They do a pretty good job in the neutral zone. I think we knew that prescouting coming in. They force a lot of dumps and challenge teams at their own line. They get good transition either way, obviously some guys that can hurt you in those opportunities, so we just tried to stay patient. Obviously we’d love to have gotten a few more but you’ve just got to stay with it. We earned our opportunities and a couple big power play goals.
On the importance of winning one-goal games:
Yeah, I think we obviously just want to continue to build on the way we responded after the break. Just the attention to detail consistently over 60 minutes without the puck and especially being smart at the right times in the right areas. Still wanting to obviously be dynamic, control possession and create opportunity. There’s going to be nights where it’s tighter and there’s not as much going on or pucks just aren’t sliding or they’re bouncing at times and playing a team that’s really trying to frustrate you and slow you down. Just good to stay composed and stay with it and whatever’s thrown our way, I think we want to find a way to handle it, especially with 30 games left.
Jason Spezza put the Maple Leafs on the board with a power play goal at 10:40 of the second period. Spezza has a pair of goals over his last three games. He has five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in 10 career games against the Senators. He ranks second all-time in Ottawa franchise history for goals (251), assists (436) and points (687).
Mitch Marner scored Toronto’s overtime-winning goal at 3:54 of the extra frame. Marner has points (1-4-5) in four consecutive games. He has 30 points (4 goals, 26 assists) in 24 games on home ice this season. In 13 career games against the Senators, Marner has registered 15 points (5 goals, 10 assists).
Rasmus Sandin registered the primary assist on Spezza’s second period goal. Sandin has three points (1-2-3) over his last three games. In 12 games this season, he has recorded seven points (1 goal, 6 assists). He has three assists in five games against Atlantic Division teams.
Zach Hyman collected the secondary assist on Spezza’s second period goal. Hyman has points (2-2-4) in three consecutive games. In 14 games on home ice this season, he has recorded 12 points (5-7-12). He has eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in eight games against Atlantic Division teams.
William Nylander recorded the primary assist on Marner’s overtime goal. Nylander has points (5-4-9) in seven consecutive games. The Maple Leafs are 20-6-6 when he records a point this season. He has 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists) in 15 career games against Ottawa.
Auston Matthews picked up the secondary assist on Marner’s overtime goal. Matthews has assists (2) in two consecutive games and points (2-2-4) in three consecutive games. He has 40 points (27 goals, 13 assists) in 26 games on home ice this season.
Michael Hutchinson stopped 24 shots to earn the victory.
During the fourth quarter of Toronto’s win at Detroit on Friday, Norman Powell sustained a fracture to the fourth metacarpal of his left hand. He will be listed as out indefinitely, and he will be reassessed as appropriate.
Powell is averaging career highs of 15.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 28.2 minutes in 38 games (17 starts) this season. He has scored 20 or more points 12 times, including a career-best 33 points Nov. 29 at Orlando, and has led the bench in scoring in 12 games.