Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 11/10

Game 1: Saturday, November 10th
Game 2: Sunday, November 25th
Game 3: Wednesday, April 16th

Raptors 101

(4-3, 3-1 away)

Bulls 71

(1-5, 1-3 home)

    Coverage: TSNT

    7:30 PM ET, November 10, 2007

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 17 24 36 24101
    CHI 13 17 13 2871

    Top Performers

    Tor: T. Ford 5 Pts, 3 Reb, 14 Ast, 1 Stl

    Chi: A. Nocioni 20 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast

    Delfino, Bosh lead Raptors to largest win vs. Bulls in franchise history

    CHICAGO (AP) -- The Bulls' dismal start has T.J. Ford confused.

    Carlos Delfino scored 16 points and Chris Bosh added 14 points and six rebounds to help the Toronto Raptors beat the listless Chicago Bulls 101-71 on Saturday night.

    The Raptors made quick work out of the Bulls despite playing their fourth game in five nights.

    "What's going on with this team?" Ford said.

    Ford had 14 assists and Andrea Bargnani scored 14 points for Toronto, which had its largest win against Chicago in franchise history.

    Leading 41-30 at the half, the Raptors opened up the third quarter by outscoring the Bulls 14-1 for a 52-31 lead. Anthony Parker hit a 3 and Jamario Moon stole Luol Deng's bad pass and took it for a breakaway dunk to give the Raptors a 21-point lead that started the boos from the sellout crowd.

    Toronto coach Sam Mitchell started Moon to match up against Deng. It was the first start in the league for the 27-year old rookie and he held Deng to 2-of-7 shooting.

    "We thought we could use his defense against this team," Mitchell said. "I started him because I felt like taking a roll of the dice, I would take a chance tonight."

    Bulls coach Scott Skiles cleared his starters from the floor with 9:35 left in the third quarter, but it didn't help as Parker immediately hit another 3 against the Chicago reserves. Deng, Tyrus Thomas, Ben Wallace, Ben Gordon and Hinrich never returned to the game.

    "I never want to do that. On a night when the boo-birds are out I don't want to embarrass the group like that," Skiles said. "I thought I would take a gamble right there to see if someone could come into the game and be a catalyst for us. I felt like in unison that group was not performing really well."

    Andres Nocioni led Chicago with 20 points.

    The vibe hasn't been good in Chicago since the Bulls were involved in Kobe Bryant trade rumors less than two weeks ago. General manager John Paxson put to rest the speculation less than a week ago, but some fans continued to chant "Kobe! Kobe! Kobe!" while the Bulls were down 30-plus points in the third quarter.

    "Obviously the Kobe chants is something that never seems like it will never stop being talked about. We understand the crowd's frustration. We're very frustrated as well," Hinrich said.

    Ford thought the chants have been wearing on the Bulls.

    "I'm pretty sure for what it seemed it looked like it kind of affected the guys, but I'm not sure. I'm not in the locker room."

    Game notes

    Before Saturday's game, the Raptors dropped 15 of their last 17 games against Chicago. ... The restless Bulls fans started the wave in the fourth quarter.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 71
    FGM-FGA 41-75 (.547) 27-81 (.333)
    3PM-3PA 10-20 (.500) 5-21 (.238)
    FTM-FTA 9-10 (.900) 12-19 (.632)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-12 9-20
    Assists 36 18
    Turnovers 23 20
    Steals 10 13
    Blocks 2 2
    Fast Break Points 14 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 39 0

    Top Performers

    T.J. Ford Ford
    Points: 5
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 14
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Andres Nocioni Nocioni
    Points: 20
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0