Terence Davis did it again.
For the fourth time in six games, the undrafted rookie set a new career-high in scoring, this time with 19 points in a blowout win over the Orlando Magic. Davis did so in only 27 minutes of action. He shot an efficient 7-for-10 from the field and 3-for-5 from the 3-point line while adding eight rebounds, five assists and one block to his stat line.
17 Points (Career-high)- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 21, 2019
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After the game, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse was asked if this is what he expected to see from Davis. His response? "I think we might be seeing a little more than we were expecting to see.
"That's two games in a row where the guy has checked in and just started nailing 3s, just right off the bench," Nurse continued. "They gave our offence a big boost and they've been momentum changes, I think, in both games. I'm not sure I expected him to do all that. I've talked about, he can vault up and shoot the ball, I know that. He's very athletic, I know that too.
"I think he's catching teams off guard a little bit. He'll probably start hitting the scouting reports a little harder, but he's been great the last couple of games. Hopefully we can keep getting him a bunch of minutes so he can gain some experience and keep on going."
Davis is now averaging 6.0 points on 49.2 percent shooting on the season. That ranks him 23rd among rookies in scoring, ahead of players like Michael Porter Jr., Cody Martin, Matisse Thybulle and Nassir Little.
Davis has seen his minutes skyrocket since Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Patrick McCaw suffered injuries. He's gone from playing 7.7 minutes over Toronto's first seven games of the season to 20.6 minutes over its last seven. He's averaging 10.0 points and 3.3 assists per game over that stretch.
It'll be interesting to see how much Davis' role changes when Lowry and McCaw, in particular, return. Lowry will almost certainly replace Norman Powell in the starting lineup and McCaw was ahead of Davis on the depth chart at the start of the season.
McCaw could, however, still be out for another couple of weeks. There is no update on Lowry, but he is expected to be re-evaluated at the end of this week.
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