Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/20

Game 1: Thursday, December 20th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 9th
Game 3: Wednesday, April 3rd
Game 4: Friday, April 5th

Raptors 85

(19-16, 10-10 away)

Bulls 73

(6-28, 6-11 home)

    7:30 PM ET, January 9, 2002

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 15 27 16 2785
    CHI 14 18 19 2273

    Top Performers

    Toronto: A. Davis 17 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    Chicago: M. World Peace 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Raptors win their 12th straight against Bulls

    CHICAGO (AP) -- When Vince Carter was sidelined for five minutes early in the fourth quarter after twisting his ankle, Ron Artest got the Bulls back into the game.



    After Carter returned with 5½ minutes left, Artest had a finish worth forgetting.

    Carter scored four of his 19 points after returning from his injury, and Alvin Williams added 18 as the Toronto Raptors beat the Chicago Bulls for the 12th straight time, 85-73 Wednesday night.

    Toronto snapped a two-game losing streak and handed the Bulls their fifth straight loss.

    Antonio Davis added to the balanced attack with 17 points and 12 rebounds, Keon Clark had 13 points and nine rebounds, Dell Curry scored 11 and Chris Childs had 10 assists.

    "It was a team effort, and that's what we've been lacking," Carter said. "We needed a win, any way and by any means, and we did a good job maintaining when they were making their run."

    The Raptors, who moved within a half-game of second-place Indiana in the Central Division, closed the game with a 10-2 run.

    Artest led the Bulls with 21 points, but his lapses at the free throw line and his inability to stop Carter hurt the Bulls late in the fourth quarter.

    Carter, who twisted his ankle with 10:30 remaining, hit a tough turnaround over Artest after returning with 5½ minutes left.

    "My first play back they called my number, so I had to do something," Carter said. "That shot helped, but it wasn't the key. It was one of many shots that got us in the groove."

    Carter then beat Artest on a backdoor play and converted a tough reverse layup to complete a 6-0 run for a 79-71 lead with 2:28 left.

    Artest missed one of two foul shots on Chicago's next possession, then missed two more with 1:48 left. Just 10 seconds later, he fouled Williams on the perimeter -- with Williams making both shots for an 81-72 lead.

    The Bulls then missed consecutive shots before Artest was called for his fifth foul while going for the rebound. Williams again hit both free throws, wrapping up the victory.

    "Vince made some shots against him, but we concentrated on getting him stopped offensively," Williams said of Artest.

    Carter twisted his right ankle early in the fourth quarter when he ran into Marcus Fizer as Fizer was setting a pick. Carter limped off shortly after Curry made a 3-pointer for a 63-53 lead.

    Artest scored six straight points, driving through several Raptors for a layup that made it 71-66 with 5:09 left and caused Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens to throw his hands up in disgust.

    That led to Carter's return, and the Bulls never threatened again.

    "They looked tired, but we stooped to their level," Artest said. "Vince looked tired. Throughout the game I should have attacked him, but I just didn't. We could have all come in and attacked more."

    Toronto took its first double-digit lead when Carter stole the ball and went in for an uncontested dunk -- not a particularly flashy one by his standards -- to make it 40-30 with 1:23 left before halftime.

    Davis scored six straight points early in the third quarter to give Toronto a 54-40 lead.

    Game notes
    Tracy Murray made his first start of the season for Toronto and was 0-for-2 with two fouls and no rebounds in the first quarter. He played seven minutes in the third quarter and did not add any statistics to his line. ... Chicago center Brad Miller returned from a one-game absence and shot 0-for-7 with 10 rebounds. ... Bulls forward Eddie Robinson, out since mid-November with a sore left big toe, is planning to return Tuesday against his former team, the Charlotte Hornets. Robinson is still experiencing pain, but wants to give it a shot. If the pain persists, season-ending surgery is an option.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 73
    FGM-FGA 36-75 (.480) 29-81 (.358)
    3PM-3PA 3-8 (.375) 3-12 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 10-14 (.714) 12-18 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-45 16-46
    Assists 24 21
    Turnovers 14 13
    Steals 5 9
    Blocks 4 2
    Fast Break Points 2 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 17 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Antonio Davis Davis
    Points: 17
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Metta World Peace World Peace
    Points: 21
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1