CHICAGO, Dec. 18 (Ticker) -- Jalen Rose
scored 20 points and the
Chicago Bulls allowed just 12 points in the fourth quarter as
they snapped a 16-game losing streak to the Toronto Raptors with
a 96-83 victory.
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collected 17 points and 11 rebounds and Marcus
added 15 and 13 as the Bulls completed a 5-1 homestand
with their season-high third straight win.
"I was very happy with our guys, the way they competed," Chicago
coach Bill Cartwright said. "In the newspaper today, we were
expected to win. That kind of scared me a little bit, because I
don't them want them to relax. We should feel a lot of anxiety
to perform and get better. We have so much room to grow."
"We have to keep playing hard," Marshall added. "We have to
keep playing hard. We took two steps forward, we can't take one
Chicago led, 73-71, late in the third period when Fizer made a
layup to ignite a 9-0 run he capped with a layup 1:53 into the
The Raptors got as close as eight points, but an 11-4 run by the
Bulls iced the victory.
scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half
while Jelani McCoy
and Jerome Williams
each added 16 and 11
rebounds for Toronto, which last lost to Chicago on February 28,
The Bulls led by as many as nine in the first quarter and 11 in
the second, but each time the Raptors were able to close the
gap. They pulled within 56-49 at halftime when Voshon Lenard
sank a three-pointer with 27 seconds left and a free throw 10
Toronto followed the same formula in the third, falling behind
64-53 after rookie Jay Williams
' driving lay-in with 8:29 to go.
But Jerome Williams
scored six points in a 10-0 burst that
brought the Raptors within a point.
"We kept trying and trying, but there was some mental fatigue,
which led to missed assignments," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens
said. "Give Chicago credit. They played well. We hung in
there, but to their credit, they played well."
Chicago rebuilt a six-point advantage on a bucket by Rose and
Marshall's three-point play.
Jay Williams had 14 points and seven assists and Tyson Chandler
added 10 points for the Bulls, who shot 49 percent (42-of-86)
from the floor.
scored 14 points off the bench and Lenard had 13
as Toronto shot 38 percent (32-of-85) and lost for the fifth
time in six games.
After Toronto narrowed the margin to 83-75 on McCoy's lay-in
with 6:08 left, Eddy Curry
sank a layup to ignite a 9-2 run that
culminated with Williams' three-pointer with 3:53 remaining.
"They're playing much better as a team than earlier this year,"
Hunter said. "I think it takes time for new guys to fit in and
for the young guys to learn their roles."