Regular Season Series (Game 3 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

Bulls 104

(17-57, 4-32 away)

Raptors 117

(36-38, 19-17 home)

    7:00 PM ET, April 3, 2002

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 31 26 22 25104
    TOR 37 33 30 17117

    Top Performers

    Chi: T. Chandler 16 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Tor: A. Davis 25 Pts, 13 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    Raptors within half-game of final playoff spot

    TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Raptors are playing their best basketball of the season without their best player.

    Morris Peterson

    Morris Peterson scored 26 and Antonio Davis had 25 as the Raptors won their season-high sixth straight game without Vince Carter, 117-104 over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.

    "It's weird," Toronto's Alvin Williams said. "We are just playing good team basketball. We're not relying on one player to do it all."

    Davis added 13 rebounds and four assists to help the Raptors move within a half-game of Indiana for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Two of Toronto's final eight games are against the Pacers.

    The Raptors, who have won 12 straight against the Bulls, play Chicago again on Friday before facing the Pacers here Sunday.

    "Antonio has been a monster," Peterson said. "A lot of people counted us out. We're definitely focused on the playoffs."

    Jalen Rose had 30 points for the Bulls, who have lost seven straight and 15 of 16. Chicago rookie Tyson Chandler tied a season high with 16 points. He also had 10 rebounds, three blocks and went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.

    "I just have to try to be professional so I can help clean up this mess," Rose said.

    Keon Clark added 18 points, Jerome Williams had 16 and Alvin Williams had 12 points and 10 assists for the Raptors, who had lost 17 of 18 following the All-Star break. Toronto hasn't lost since announcing Carter would have season-ending knee surgery.

    "Morris and Antonio have really stepped up their games," Jerome Williams said. "They are giving us that inside, outside punch that we needed."

    The Raptors, who shot 54 percent from the field, scored a season-high 70 points in the first half.

    The Bulls, who trailed by as many 25 points, narrowed the lead to nine on Rose's 3-pointer with 2:00 left, but they didn't get closer.

    "We didn't guard them until the end of the game," Chicago coach Bill Cartwright said.

    Rose scored nine of Chicago's first 19 points as the Bulls led by 10 midway through the first quarter. But Clark tied it at 31 with a jumper late in the first quarter, and Peterson scored seven points as Toronto went on a 17-3 run to take a 12-point lead in the second quarter. The Raptors later went on a 11-4 spurt to take a 19-point lead.

    Peterson had 16 points, Davis had 15 and Clark added 14 as Toronto led 70-57 at halftime.

    Davis had four points as the Raptors started the second half on a 9-2 run.

    Peterson's 3-pointer gave Toronto a 20-point lead with 7:09 left in the third quarter, and Davis' driving dunk gave the Raptors a 25-point edge -- Toronto's biggest lead of the game.

    Chris Childs' 3-pointer made it 100-79 just before the end of the third.

    Game notes

    The Bulls are 5-17 and have surrendered 100 points or more 13 times since trading Ron Artest to the Pacers. ... The Bulls are 4-32 on the road this season. ... Five Toronto players have scored 10 or more points in three of their last six games. ... Charles Oakley got a mix of boos and cheers from the fans in his third game in Toronto since being traded last summer. "This is a hockey town and they haven't learned basketball. Give them 10 years and maybe they will learn," Oakley said.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 104 117
    FGM-FGA 39-79 (.494) 47-87 (.540)
    3PM-3PA 2-4 (.500) 6-12 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 24-32 (.750) 17-25 (.680)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-34 12-45
    Assists 22 32
    Turnovers 12 12
    Steals 4 7
    Blocks 6 4
    Fast Break Points 8 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (2/0) 23 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Tyson Chandler Chandler
    Points: 16
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3
    Antonio Davis Davis
    Points: 25
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1