Beleagured Bulls: 0-14 on road


TORONTO (AP) -- Vince Carter was nearly unstoppable after former
teammate Charles Oakley knocked him down in the second half.

Carter scored 29 of his 33 points after the break to lead the
Toronto Raptors past the Chicago Bulls 96-91 Thursday night.

Carter went 1-for-7 from the field in the first half, and the
Raptors trailed by as many as 17 points.

But Carter led Toronto on a 16-5 run sparked when he was knocked
to the floor by Oakley with 8:42 left in the game. On a fast break,
Carter went up for a dunk, and Oakley hit him with a forearm below
the chin.

Oakley was whistled for a flagrant foul and was ejected.

"The foul helped me, it woke me up," Carter said. "It's Oak's
way of telling me to step it up. I guess that's his way of helping
me out."

Carter made both free throws, the Raptors got the ball back, and
Antonio Davis made a layup to tie it 71-71 with 8:40 left.

Carter said he didn't hold any grudges.

"It's just like when your mother beats you real bad, and you
think she hates you, and you want to call the police," Carter
said. "I don't think he did it intentionally. He me asked me if I
was all right."

Oakley said the foul wasn't the turning point.

"I've seen worse fouls than that, they didn't have to carry him
off the court," Oakley said. "They were coming back anyway."

Brad Miller had 24 points, and Marcus Fizer had 19 for the
Bulls, who have lost 14 straight road games and five games in a row

"I got no family on that team, just friends," Oakley said of
the Raptors, who sent him and a second-round draft pick to the
Bulls for forward Brian Skinner in a July trade. "It ain't no big
deal. The guy got up and made his free throws."

Davis had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who won
back-to-back games for the first time since winning three straight
from Nov. 23-29.

Carter had 14 points in the third quarter and 15 in the fourth.

"I think the best thing Oakley could have done is foul him
hard," Williams said. "It really got (Carter) focused."

Chicago's Greg Anthony made one of two free throws to narrow
Toronto's lead to four with just over two minutes remaining, but
Carter spun around his defender and made a layup.

Williams then grabbed an offensive rebound and made a layup,
giving Toronto a 93-85 lead with about a minute left.

Miller then made two free throws, but Carter made one of two
with 20 seconds left.

Williams sealed it by going 1-for-2 from the line with 17
seconds left.

"We finally broke through in the second half," Toronto coach
Lenny Wilkens said. "It was like we were running in sand in the

The Bulls opened the game on a 21-4 run as Toronto had eight
turnovers, and Trenton Hassel and Miller each had six points. Fizer
finished with 14 points in the first half.

Davis had eight of his 10 first-half points in the second
quarter as the Raptors narrowed the lead to eight at halftime.

Game notes
Before the game, Chicago coach Tim Floyd told Oakley his
minutes would be cut. ... Toronto center Hakeem Olajuwon missed his
second straight game with a swollen toe on his left foot. ...
Raptors point guard Chris Childs went on the injured list Thursday
with a sore right ankle and sore right Achilles' tendon. The
Raptors also activated point guard Carlos Arroyo from the injured
list. ... Bulls forward Ron Artest was put on the active roster
after missing the team's first 23 games with a broken finger.
Artest didn't start and he scored four points. ... A fan won a car
by making a free throw and a 3-pointer.