Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 2/16

Game 1: Wednesday, February 16th
Game 2: Wednesday, March 23rd
Game 3: Saturday, April 9th

Bulls 121

(26-23, 10-13 away)

Raptors 115

(21-32, 17-11 home)

    Coverage: WCIU

    7:00 PM ET, February 16, 2005

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 37 25 31 28121
    TOR 34 24 32 25115

    Top Performers

    Chi: K. Hinrich 28 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Tor: C. Bosh 28 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    Chicago wins third straight; Raptors drop 5 of 6

    TORONTO (AP) -- Donyell Marshall thinks the Chicago Bulls are finally taking basketball seriously.

    "They are not goofing around anymore, thinking everything is a joke," Marshall said of his former team after the Bulls reached a season high for points in a 121-115 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

    Kirk Hinrich had 28 points and Ben Gordon scored 15 in the fourth quarter.

    "They have finally learned the game," said Marshall, who was traded from Chicago to Toronto last season. "When I was with them everything was a laughing joke. It was all about who got dunked on and who they dunked on. Now it's about winning."

    Eddy Curry added 24 points and Luol Deng had 20 for the Bulls, who have won three straight and 16 of 21. Six players reached double figures in scoring for the Bulls, who shot 58 percent.

    But Curry wasn't happy they allowed a season high in points.

    "This is not the way to win when we pride ourselves on our defense," Curry said.

    The Bulls improved to 26-23, good for sixth in the Eastern Conference. They went 23-59 last season.

    Hinrich went 6-for-8 from behind the 3-point arc and Chicago finished a season-best 11-for-15 on 3s.

    Hinrich left the game with 2:50 to go with a severe sprain of his fourth and fifth fingers on his right hand after he jammed them while swiping at the ball. His availability for the rookie-sophomore game at All-Star weekend is in doubt.

    Chris Bosh had 28 points for the Raptors, who have lost five of six.

    "There wasn't much defense in this game," Bosh said.

    Deng capped a 13-2 run with a 3-pointer to give Chicago a 113-100 lead with 2:59 left. Toronto cut it to eight, but Gordon, a rookie with a growing reputation for clutch play, made a 3-pointer to give Chicago a 116-105 lead with 1:35 remaining.

    Gordon has scored at least 10 points in the fourth quarter of 14 games this season.

    "Ben has so many fourth quarters like that now you kind of just expect it," Chicago coach Scott Skiles said. "He hits tough shots and our guys rely on him."

    The Bulls, who beat Sacramento on Tuesday night, began the game on 10-0 run as Curry scored six points and Hinrich had four. The two combined for 27 points as Chicago led 37-34 after the first quarter.

    Hinrich went 4-for-4 from 3-point range in the first period.

    Jalen Rose had 25 points and Rafer Alston added 21 for the troubled Raptors. Last week, Alston said he was owed an apology after he got into a heated argument with coach Sam Mitchell. Forward Eric Williams asked for a trade a day later and a report surfaced Friday claiming Mitchell got into a physical altercation with ex-Raptor Vince Carter.

    Game notes

    The Bulls activated Antonio Davis and put rookie Jared Reiner on the injured list with a left quadriceps strain. ... Former Toronto general manager Glen Grunwald attended the game. The Raptors fired Grunwald last April. ... Gordon finished with 17 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 121 115
    FGM-FGA 44-76 (.579) 38-74 (.514)
    3PM-3PA 11-15 (.733) 11-22 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 22-26 (.846) 28-32 (.875)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-36 5-25
    Assists 24 24
    Turnovers 21 14
    Steals 6 12
    Blocks 5 2
    Fast Break Points 8 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (1/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 14 0

    Top Performers

    Kirk Hinrich Hinrich
    Points: 28
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Chris Bosh Bosh
    Points: 28
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1