Bulls in charge, hand Raptors only loss of preseason

CHICAGO (AP) -- Ben Gordon scored 38 points and the Chicago Bulls
closed out the exhibition season Friday with a 108-97 win over the
Toronto Raptors.

Andres Nocioni and Luol Deng scored 15 points and Kirk Hinrich
added 14 for the Bulls (6-2).

Gordon's 38 were a preseason high for the Bulls. He was
12-for-12 from the free throw line and finished the preseason
34-for-38 from the foul line.

Toronto forward Chris Bosh played after missing four of the last
five games with soreness in his left ankle and heel. He missed his
first four shots, went scoreless in the first quarter and played
only four minutes in the second half, finishing with eight points.

Morris Peterson led the Raptors (7-1) with 20 points. Chicago
increased its lead to 101-93 on Viktor Khryapa's 3-pointer with less
than four minutes to play. Khryapa scored the Bulls' next four
points with a fast-break layup and a jumper to make it 105-93.

The Bulls posted a winning record in the preseason for the first
time since 1995-96. Chicago will open the regular season Tuesday at
defending NBA champion Miami, which beat the Bulls in the first
round of last season's playoffs. Toronto opens the regular season
Wednesday at New Jersey.

Gordon scored 19 points in the first quarter, making all eight
of his free throws, and getting the rest with a mix of jumpers and

He had four points in the second quarter, but added 10 in the
third and five more in the fourth.