Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/14

Game 1: Wednesday, December 14th
Game 2: Monday, January 9th
Game 3: Wednesday, January 25th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 19th

Raptors 104

(11-24, 7-11 away)

Bulls 113

(15-19, 7-10 home)

Coverage: CSNC

7:30 PM ET, January 9, 2006

United Center, Chicago, IL

1 2 3 4 T
TOR 37 10 29 28104
CHI 33 30 21 29113

Top Performers

Tor: C. Bosh 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

Chi: K. Hinrich 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 11 Ast

Bulls extend winning streak over Raptors to 11

CHICAGO (AP) -- Kirk Hinrich and Ben Gordon are starting to complement each other.

Hinrich scored 25 points and had 11 assists, Gordon added 19 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Toronto Raptors 113-104 Monday night.

Luol Deng had 21 points for the Bulls, who have won three straight after dropping a season-high eight in a row and have beaten the Raptors 11 consecutive times. The Bulls have not lost to the Raptors since Dec. 6, 2002.

The key to Chicago's winning streak has been the play of Hinrich and Gordon, two of the most important players from last season's playoff team.

"I think that's when we play our best, when we both are flowing and playing off of each other. When we play that way I think the team is pretty good," Gordon said.

"We know that if somebody goes into the lane what spot we have to move to just in case he's in trouble, so right now we are playing with good chemistry and hopefully we can get better as the [season] goes on."

Gordon, battling an upset stomach, had to sit out the entire third quarter, but came back and scored 12 points in the fourth. It was the first time this season he reached double figures in scoring in the fourth quarter. Last season he had 21 double-digit fourth quarters, second to LeBron James.

Hinrich added seven points in the final quarter.

"I thought Kirk played really well. He got tired, we gave him a blow, and he came back strong," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. "In the second quarter when we were pulling away, he had some really great plays on both ends."

Chris Bosh scored 26 points and reserve Jalen Rose had 24 for Toronto, which cut a 23-point deficit to two in the fourth quarter.

Chicago pulled away early in the second quarter, running off 14 straight points in a 3-minute span. Deng and Gordon hit back-to-back 3s to give Chicago a 49-41 lead.

Rose and Matt Bonner capped Toronto's 10-0 run with back-to-back 3s, making it 89-87 with 7:47 left, but Chicago responded with a 11-2 run. Deng hit a 3 and Gordon made a runner to increase the Bulls' lead to 100-89.

"I just think our guys ran out of gas. Then, every time they needed to make a shot, every time we made a push, Ben Gordon or Kirk Hinrich made big shots for them," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said.

The Bulls hit 11 of their 18 3-point attempts.

Chicago closed the half by outscoring the Raptors 14-4 to take a 63-47 lead. Andres Nocioni sparked the Bulls with nine points in the span. He scored 11 points in the quarter and finished with 18.

"When he plays with energy like that, it's just a huge lift for this team," Hinrich said.

Michael Sweetney gave the Bulls their largest lead of the game on a three-point play with 9:04 left in the third quarter, making it 74-51.

The Raptors cut the lead to 76-67 midway through the period by scoring 13 straight points. The Bulls responded with two straight 3s from Nocioni and Hinrich.

Toronto shot 61 percent in the first quarter and led 37-33. Rose scored 11 points off the bench on 3-of-3 shooting and Morris Peterson scored 10 points in the quarter.

"We did a good job of fighting back, but we have to look at what happened at the beginning when we moved the ball and played unselfish basketball," Bosh said. "If you look at the score, most likely we win the game if we keep sharing the ball."

Hinrich hit all four of his shots in the first quarter and scored 12 points.

Peterson finished with 22 points for Toronto, which has lost two straight after a season-high five-game winning streak.

Game notes

Peterson says he won't face any fines for slapping former teammate Vince Carter in the face during Sunday's game against the New Jersey Nets. Peterson spoke with Stu Jackson, the NBA's senior vice president of basketball operations, before the game. ... The Bulls outscored the Raptors 30-10 in the second quarter. ... Chicago C Tyson Chandler played after missing three games with a right ankle sprain. He was scoreless in 14 minutes. ... Sweetney had 14 points and nine rebounds for Chicago. Mike James scored 14 points with 13 assists for the Raptors.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 104 113
FGM-FGA 41-86 (.477) 37-71 (.521)
3PM-3PA 10-24 (.417) 11-18 (.611)
FTM-FTA 12-13 (.923) 28-34 (.824)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-32 9-40
Assists 31 28
Turnovers 10 15
Steals 7 3
Blocks 1 6
Fast Break Points 5 16
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (2/0) 17 (0/0)
Largest Lead 8 23

Top Performers

Chris Bosh Bosh
Points: 26
Reb: 5
Ast: 5
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Kirk Hinrich Hinrich
Points: 25
Reb: 5
Ast: 11
Stl: 0
Blk: 0