NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 16 (All times eastern)
Chicago Bulls (25-23) at Toronto Raptors (21-31), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Raptors will look to win back-to-back games for the first time since Feb. 2-4, as they battle the Chicago Bulls at the Air Canada Centre tonight.
The Raptors put an end to their recent woes on Sunday afternoon, tallying a 109-106 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at Air Canada Centre. Chris Bosh notched his team-leading 19th double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Raptors to the victory. Bosh went 8-of-18 from the floor and 10-of-11 from the free throw line for the Raptors, who won for just the third time in their last 10 games.
Bosh has pushed his averages to 15.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for the season. Jalen Rose remains the team leader in scoring (16.5 ppg), Rafer Alston is the Raptors' high assist man (7.0 apg).
Alston had 18 points and eight assists, Donyell Marshall, who went 5-of-8 from three-point distance, finished with 17 points and eight rebounds, and Milt Palacio added 13 points and six assists for Toronto in the win.
Toronto improved to just 2-26 when it allows 100 or more points this season. The Raptors also pushed their home record to 17-10 for the year. On the other hand, Toronto is just 4-21 in foreign buildings.
Toronto shot 44.7 percent from the field, including 10-of-21 (.476) from three-point range. The Raptors also hit 23-of-27 (.852) from the free throw line in the contest.
Toronto has slipped a bit in the Atlantic Division standings in recent weeks, falling five games behind Philadelphia and Boston for first place. The Raptors are a mere game ahead of the fast fading New York Knicks for last place as well.
Chicago has won two straight and three of its last four, including a 107-102 victory over Sacramento on Tuesday night at the United Center. Eddy Curry scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the Bulls to the victory.
Ben Gordon added 24 and Kirk Hinrich finished with 11 points and 12 assists as the Bulls ended their 11-game losing streak to Sacramento. Chicago downed the Kings for the first time since Feb. 28, 1998. Luol Deng and Othella Harrington scored 15 points apiece in the win, while Andres Nocioni tacked on 10 points.
The Bulls burned up the nets, hitting 53 percent from the field, including 2- of-9 (.222) from three-point range. Chicago also outscored the Kings, 35-23, at the free throw line.
Chicago outrebounded the Kings, 43-32, in the winning effort, outweighing its 20 turnovers that led to 19 Sacramento points.
Bulls forward Tyson Chandler did not play in the game, as he flew back to California for his friend's funeral. It is doubtful that Chandler will be available for tonight's contest.
Chicago, which has won four of seven and six of its last 10 road games, is 9-13 in foreign buildings this season. The Bulls are playing their sixth road game in seven tilts.
This is the first meeting of the season between these teams. Chicago has won six straight in this series, but Toronto has won 18 of the last 32 meetings. The Bulls have won two straight trips to the Air Canada Centre.
02/16 10:12:14 ET