Regular Season Series (Game 4 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 98

(37-38, 18-21 away)

Bulls 96

(17-58, 13-26 home)

    Coverage: WCIU

    7:30 PM ET, April 5, 2002

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 26 25 20 2798
    CHI 31 19 19 2796

    Top Performers

    Tor: A. Davis 27 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Chi: J. Rose 35 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Aided by call, Raptors win seventh straight

    CHICAGO (AP) -- The Raptors have had a lot of close games during their winning streak, and Friday was no different.

    Antonio Davis


    Toronto's Antonio Davis goes past Tyson Chandler for two of his 27 points.

    Antonio Davis scored 27 points and Alvin Williams added 18 as the Toronto Raptors held on to beat the Chicago Bulls 98-96 Friday night for their seventh straight win.

    Reserve Keon Clark had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, whose streak ties a franchise best. Toronto (37-38) remained tied with the Indiana Pacers, who also won, for the last playoff spot in the East.

    Five of the wins during the streak have been by two points or fewer, and against the Bulls, Toronto had to hang on against the NBA's losingest club.

    "We used to find ways to lose in the fourth quarter, but now we're better prepared to do the opposite," said Davis, who shot 6-of-8 on free throws and had 10 points in the final period. "It actually feels good."

    Toronto had the ball and led 97-96 with 3.2 seconds left when the shot clock appeared to run out. But after the officials conferred, a jump ball was called.

    "It was a safe call," the Bulls' Jalen Rose said. "Instead of calling it in our favor and giving us a real chance to score, they played it safe."

    After the tip, the Bulls' Tyson Chandler couldn't control the ball before it went out of bounds with 1.5 seconds to go.

    Davis was fouled, and made the second of two free throws for a two-point lead. After a timeout, Travis Best missed an open 3 as the buzzer sounded.

    Rose scored 35 points to lead Chicago, which has lost eight straight and 16 of 17.

    "That was a real chance to break some streaks," Rose said.

    The Bulls were up by 12 early as Rose scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

    Hakeem Olajuwon and Derrick Dial scored seven points apiece in the second to lead Toronto, which took a 51-50 halftime lead.

    Alvin Williams had 12 points in the third, but the Raptors couldn't build a lead larger than four points and led 71-69 going into the fourth.

    With the Raptors up one in the fourth, Jerome Williams made a basket, was fouled and missed the free throw. But the Bulls stood and watched as Morris Peterson came in and jammed home the rebound to give Toronto a 78-73 lead with 8:30 to play.

    Game notes

    The Raptors last won seven straight during the 1999-2000 season. ... Toronto has beaten Chicago 14 straight times. ... Bulls' Forward Charles Oakley is impressed by the postseason push his former team has made after the Raptors lost 17 of 18 earlier in the season. "The way they're playing now, they're the hottest team in the East. There ain't no shoe-in teams in the East, like in the West," Oakley said. ... Rose and Davis, once Pacers teammates, hugged just before the opening tip. ... The Bulls' Eddie Robinson missed his 46th game because of injury. Robinson has lost 35 games to a bad toe, 10 games to a strained groin and one because of an upset stomach. His poor fortunes continued Wednesday at Toronto when he tweaked his groin going for a breakaway dunk. "Eddie's used up his amount of bad luck and other people's as well," coach Bill Cartwright said. ... In his fifth league game, Bulls' rookie Norman Richardson made a second-quarter jumper for his first NBA points. ... After Oakley missed a jumper in the fourth and fans started to boo, he waved his arms to encourage them to get louder.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 98 96
    FGM-FGA 33-72 (.458) 34-77 (.442)
    3PM-3PA 2-10 (.200) 3-9 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 30-40 (.750) 25-28 (.893)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-45 10-39
    Assists 26 16
    Turnovers 15 15
    Steals 8 7
    Blocks 6 1
    Fast Break Points 1 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/1) 31 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Antonio Davis Davis
    Points: 27
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Jalen Rose Rose
    Points: 35
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0