Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 2/16

Game 1: Wednesday, February 16th
Bulls121Final
Raptors115
Game 2: Wednesday, March 23rd
Bulls94Final
Raptors85
Game 3: Saturday, April 9th
Raptors97Final
Bulls110

Bulls 94

(35-31, 15-18 away)

Raptors 85

(28-39, 21-13 home)

Coverage: CSNC

7:00 PM ET, March 23, 2005

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

1 2 3 4 T
CHI 20 40 22 1294
TOR 21 20 21 2385

Top Performers

Chicago: T. Chandler 8 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

Toronto: J. Rose 30 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast

Chicago takes eighth straight meeting vs. Raps

TORONTO (AP) -- Trying to pump up the Toronto Raptors, Jalen Rose ended up motivating his former teammates.

After arriving in Toronto and hearing Rose predicting victory, Eddy Curry scored 16 points and led the Chicago Bulls to their eighth straight win over the Raptors, 94-85 Wednesday night.

"It feels good to beat these guys, especially when you arrive in your hotel room last night and see Jalen Rose on TV guaranteeing a win," Curry said. "That's even more incentive. At this point we just wished we could have won by a little bit more."

Chicago veteran Antonio Davis, who was traded for Rose, said everyone knew about Rose's prediction.

"We mentioned it at the beginning and everybody kind of chuckled," Davis said. "I understand what he's going through. We went through it last year. I think he was trying to motivate his team, and it motivated us."

Rose scored 30 points for Toronto, which shot a season-low 32 percent.

Rose shrugged off the Bulls' postgame comments.

"They wouldn't have said that if they lost," Rose said. "If they need me to say something to get them motivated to play, they'll be getting bounced in the first round."

Rookie Andres Nocioni added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls, who have won three straight overall.

The Bulls opened the second quarter with a 19-0 run and outscored Toronto 40-20 in the period for a 61-41 lead at the break. The 40 points were the most by Chicago in a quarter this season.

Chicago led by as many as 21 points, but Toronto got back in contention by taking advantage of seven turnovers in the fourth quarter. The Raptors used a 12-1 run to close within eight points, but Davis' three-point play pushed the Bulls advantage back to 91-80 with 3:56 left.

Tyson Chandler pumped his fist after giving the Bulls an 11-point lead with 2:12 left.

Chicago won despite missing point guard Kirk Hinrich, who has a strained left hamstring.

"I hate not playing, but it just wasn't getting better," Hinrich said. "I'm going to try and play as soon as I can."

Hinrich was the only Bulls player to start every game this season. Eric Piatkowski started in his place.

Toronto point guard Rafer Alston scored 15 points on 6-for-21 shooting, while Rose shot 8-for-22. Chris Bosh, slowed by foul trouble through most of the game, scored nine points on 3-for-10 shooting.

Game notes


Toronto hasn't beaten Chicago since Dec. 6, 2002. ... Toronto's Rafael Araujo, the eighth pick in the draft, has lost his spot as the starting center. Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said Araujo and Loren Woods will share the starting job. Woods has added 15 pounds recently. ... Charles Oakley attended the game. Former general manager Glen Grunwald also attended.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CHI
TOR
Points 94 85
FGM-FGA 36-77 (.468) 27-85 (.318)
3PM-3PA 3-11 (.273) 7-27 (.259)
FTM-FTA 19-25 (.760) 24-28 (.857)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-49 11-42
Assists 20 14
Turnovers 19 14
Steals 6 10
Blocks 4 3
Fast Break Points 17 6
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 24 (1/0)
Largest Lead 21 2

Top Performers

Chicago
Toronto
Tyson Chandler Chandler
Points: 8
Reb: 11
Ast: 3
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Jalen Rose Rose
Points: 30
Reb: 9
Ast: 4
Stl: 0
Blk: 0