NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Toronto
(Wednesday, March 23rd)
Final Score: Chicago 94, Toronto 85
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Eddy Curry scored 16 points to lead a balanced attack, and Chicago defeated Toronto, 94-85, at Air Canada Centre.
Ben Gordon tallied 13 points off the bench, while Antonio Davis had 12 for the Bulls, who won their third straight game and eighth in a row over Toronto. Othella Harrington chipped in 11 points in the win, and Tyson Chandler grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds to go with eight points.
"Tonight's a good win, especially without Kirk (Hinrich)," Chicago head coach Scott Skiles said. "I thought most of the game we played well, we kind of limped to the finish line at the end, but we have got to be happy about that win."
Jalen Rose poured in a game-high 30 points with nine rebounds for the Raptors, who lost for the third time in four games. Rose finished the night 12-of-12 from the free throw line, and Rafer Alston had 15 points in the losing effort.
Toronto led 21-20 after the first quarter, but quickly saw its advantage vanish in the early moments of the second.
Luol Deng ignited a 19-0 run by the Bulls to start the second frame. Jannero Pargo netted six points in the burst, including the final bucket to make it 39-21 at the 7:20 mark.
The Raptors were able to trim it to 11 two minutes later when Matt Bonner's trey made it 43-32. Chicago didn't falter though, and capped the first half on a three-pointer by Deng to grab 60-41 advantage at intermission.
Toronto never really threatened in the third quarter, as the Bulls extended their lead to 82-62 heading into the final stanza.
The Raptors opened the fourth on an 11-4 run to get within 13 points. Chris Bosh netted four points in the surge, while Rose knocked down a three-pointer.
Alston got the Raptors to within 88-80 on his jumper at 6:10, but the Bulls were able to stay comfortably ahead for the remainder of the game.
"Well, we just didn't play well," Toronto head coach Sam Mitchell stated. "We didn't move the basketball enough like we've been doing. When we finally woke up and played some defense, we were pretty decent at it. But second quarter, forty points, that shouldn't happen."
Chicago's Kirk Hinrich sat out with a strained left hamstring. The Bulls' eight-game winning streak over Toronto is their longest against any team...Toronto's Donyell Marshall did not return for the fourth quarter and is listed as day-to-day with a lower back strain...Chicago shot 83 percent from the floor in the second quarter.
03/23 22:52:16 ET