CHICAGO, April 5 (Ticker) --
Who needs Vince Carter
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
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
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.
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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Mo-Pete and the Raptors are on a roll.
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
scored 18 points and Keon Clark
added 12 and 10
rebounds for the Raptors, who won their 14th straight game over
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
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
Chicago took its biggest lead at 21-9 on a jumper by Jalen Rose
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
"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 rebounds for Chicago, which has dropped eight consecutive
"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