The Rundown: Raptors grab 6th straight win, Suns outduel Bulls

Published February 8, 2022, 2:00 PMMiguel Flores

The Raptors extended their winning streak to six games, while Devin Booker’s 38 led the Suns past the Bulls.



Raptors 116, Hornets 101

Heat 121, Wizards 100

Suns 127, Bulls 124

Warriors 110, Thunder 98

Jazz 113, Knicks 104

What went down

Call them The North or The Nursing Home – the one thing the Toronto Raptors now are hot.

The Toronto Raptors extended their winning streak to six, trampling the Charlotte Hornets on the road. The Raptors were dwelling outside the play-in picture around New Year. Now, they just leaped over the Brooklyn Nets for sixth in the East with a 29-23 record.

The Raptors outclassed the flashy Hornets with their usual shtick: play their starting five a ton. They had four guys in Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, and Gary Trent Jr. score in double digits. This was the fourth time this season they had four 20-point scorers in a game. Toronto has been so balanced since Siakam returned from COVID protocols in late December that other teams with superstars have struggled to keep up.

In Chicago, Devin Booker and DeMar DeRozan dueled and each had 38 points. But Booker’s Phoenix Suns came away with a tight win.

The Suns were up by as much as 22 points in this game and by 15 in the fourth quarter. Phoenix still comfortably tops the West with a 43-10 record while the Bulls remained second in the East with a 33-21 slate.

Big-time baller

Booker was shooting out of his mind in the Windy City and he made it look easy. He got his 38 points on 14-for-23 shooting, with five 3s, five assists, and four rebounds.

Booker’s big performances are pretty understated since his game doesn’t have a lot of flash. He just does his job well, which is to get buckets.

What he said

Consider this your Philly-Ben Simmons update. To recap recent developments, Simmons spoke to Ramona Shelburne for a feature on ESPN where he said he felt betrayed by Joel Embiid. Apparently, Simmons didn’t say anything bad about Embiid in public after the Sixers lost to the Raptors in the 2019 playoffs so he felt he should have been afforded the same courtesy in the 2021 playoffs.

Now, Embiid has come out with his own comment.

Did you see that?

The Oklahoma City Thunder season encapsulated in one clip: a lot of missed shots but there’s some hope because of their young players.

The NBA also announced new All-Stars today as LaMelo Ball and Dejounte Murray will serve as injury replacements for Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, respectively.

Both are first-time All-Stars. Ball will be the third youngest All-Star ever behind Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.