CHICAGO, April 5 (Ticker) -- Who needs Vince Carter? Antonio Davis tallied 10 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter as the Toronto Raptors edged the Chicago Bulls, 98-96, to win their seventh straight game without their All-Star guard (matching a franchise high), remaining in an eighth-place tie with Indiana in the Eastern Conference.

The winning streak matches the Raptors' franchise record, set from February 27-March 8, 2000. Toronto has won the seven contests by a combined 27 points, an average of just 3.9 per game.

Davis gave the Raptors a 93-92 lead on a jumper with 2:37 remaining. Travis Best countered with a jump shot before Davis handed Toronto the lead for good on a pair of free throws with 2:09 to play.

Jerome Williams added a pair from the line with 99 seconds left before Best hit two free throws with 27 seconds remaining to get Chicago within 97-96.

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Davis made 1-of-2 free throws with 1.5 seconds left to make it 98-96, but after a timeout, Best missed a 3-point attempt from the top of the key just before the buzzer.

"It was a slow 1.5 (seconds)," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "He gave a fake, took a dribble over, gave another fake and took a shot. If he made the shot, there would have been a discussion."

Alvin Williams scored 18 points and Keon Clark added 12 and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who won their 14th straight game over the Bulls.

Toronto (37-38) is a perfect 7-0 since Carter elected to undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee.

"That's something to be proud of," Jerome Williams said. "Who are the critics who say we are done with 15 or 16 games to go? You have to take it personal and say to yourself, 'Who's to say we are finished?' We are still capable of playing. It is up to the five guys to put on their jerseys and go out there and play. We are showing people they can't count us out. We are still playing."

Chicago took its biggest lead at 21-9 on a jumper by Jalen Rose midway through the first quarter. The Bulls made their first nine shots, with five of those coming from Rose. Toronto got within 31-26 by the end of the quarter and took a 51-50 lead at halftime.

Toronto led, 71-69, after three quarters and widened it to 84-78 after a layup by Morris Peterson with 6:34 left before Chicago made its late run.

"There were a number of sequences in the second and third quarter where we slipped a little bit and gave them a number of easy opportunities," Bulls coach Bill Cartwright said. "But for the most part, I thought our guys played hard. I can't think of any situations where we gave up any easy baskets."

The Raptors play the Pacers twice in the next week, including at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday. Indiana defeated Phoenix earlier Friday.

"I have been saying all along that you cannot look past a team," Williams said. "We have to take each game as it comes. We have to be ready for them because they will be ready for us, and it will be a great game."

Rose netted 35 points, Best 12 and rookie Tyson Chandler 10 with 10 rebounds for Chicago, which has dropped eight consecutive games.

"They were trying," Wilkens said. "They wanted to win the game. Jalen Rose had a great game. He really kept them in there that one stretch (after Toronto built its 84-78 lead midway through the fourth quarter). Everything he touched seemed to go in. They played hard. The game was important to us, too, and we were going to compete right to the end."

"We did everything necessary to get a win in this basketball game and we were one shot away," Cartwright said. "I thought we had some situations where we drove to the basket and didn't get the call. Our guys fought through it and still gave ourselves an opportunity to win it at the end. I'm proud of the way we competed."