Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/25

Game 1: Sunday, January 25th
Game 2: Tuesday, February 17th
Game 3: Friday, March 19th
Game 4: Sunday, April 11th

Raptors 73

(25-27, 11-17 away)

Bulls 75

(16-38, 10-17 home)

    7:30 PM ET, February 17, 2004

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 17 16 23 1773
    CHI 24 22 20 975

    Top Performers

    Toronto: D. Marshall 10 Pts, 24 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 4 Blk

    Chicago: J. Crawford 25 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast

    Chicago nearly squanders 20-point lead

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Jamal Crawford and the Chicago Bulls will take a win any way they can.

    Crawford had 25 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, and the Chicago Bulls held on for a 75-73 win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

    "It was an ugly win, but it doesn't matter at the end," Crawford said. "We were up 20 points and playing well. Some reason we let them back in."

    Vince Carter had 21 points, and Donyell Marshall -- involved in the trade between the two teams on Dec. 1 -- had 10 points and a career-high 24 rebounds for Toronto.

    The Raptors came all the way back from a 53-33 deficit with 10:41 left in the third quarter but Carter couldn't capitalize on a final chance with 5 seconds left.

    Toronto got the ball to Carter with 5 seconds left, but he was closely guarded by Eddie Robinson outside the 3-point line and failed to get a shot off. Robinson deflected the ball while Carter tried to dribble. Carter tried to get the ball back, but stepped out of bounds.

    "It was tipped and I lost the ball," said Carter, who wanted his teammates to forget about the trade between the two teams earlier in the season. "It doesn't matter who we are playing, who used to play here and all that stuff, all that fanfare is for the first time, second time is all about business and that what its about."

    The Raptors got within four points, on Morris Peterson's jumper with 5:05 left. However, Kirk Hinrich answered with back-to-back jumpers to extend Chicago's lead to 75-67. Toronto scored the final six points, capped by Alvin Williams' jumper with 32 seconds left.

    "They put the pressure on and we got back on our heals," Bulls head coach Scott Skiles said.

    Peterson had 19 points, including 4-for-4 on 3-pointers for the Raptors.

    Eddy Curry had 15 points and Hinrich added 12 for the Bulls, who led 46-33 at halftime.

    Crawford scored 14 points and Curry 13 in the first half. Curry hit a 3-pointer as time ran out in the first quarter, giving the Bulls a 24-17. It was Curry's first 3-point attempt of his career.

    Toronto tied a franchise low by hitting just nine field goals in the half, shooting just 22 percent (9-for-41).

    Marshall, whose rebounding total set a franchise record, had 13 of Toronto's 25 first-half rebounds.

    Chicago opened the second half by scoring the first seven points in the quarter. Jerome Williams' basket stretched the Bulls' lead to 53-33 with 10:41 left in the quarter, before Toronto answered with a 15-5 run.

    Carter scored seven consecutive points in the run, and Marshall hit a 3-pointer to cut the Bulls' lead to 58-48 with 3:40 left.

    Game notes

    Despite a 16-38 record, Skiles has not lost hope of making the playoffs. "I just said its going take us playing at a level that's better than any level then the Bulls have ever played at, way better than the past several years," he said ... The Bulls waived Jay Williams before the game, two weeks after reaching a contract buyout with the guard whose career is in jeopardy following a motorcycle accident. ... Chicago is 2-0 against Toronto since the trade in which Chicago sent Jalen Rose and Marshall to Toronto for Williams, Antonio Davis and Chris Jeffries.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 73 75
    FGM-FGA 23-76 (.303) 29-89 (.326)
    3PM-3PA 6-12 (.500) 4-6 (.667)
    FTM-FTA 21-25 (.840) 13-19 (.684)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-50 19-58
    Assists 14 15
    Turnovers 18 14
    Steals 6 10
    Blocks 10 6
    Fast Break Points 2 1
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 23 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Donyell Marshall Marshall
    Points: 10
    Reb: 24
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 4
    Jamal Crawford Crawford
    Points: 25
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0