Duhon, Bulls Win 10th Straight Over Raptors
Chicago 105, Toronto 94
TORONTO, Dec. 14 (Ticker) -- Every time the Chicago Bulls needed to execute, Chris Duhon made a play.
Duhon scored 16 points to lift the Chicago Bulls to a 105-94 victory over the Toronto Raptors, their 10th straight in the series.
With the shot clock running down and Chicago nursing a three-point lead, Duhon found Darius Songaila in the lane for a hook shot and a 97-92 bulge with 3:21 left.
That triggered a 10-2 closing surge by the Bulls. Duhon made 6-of-11 shots, including a 3-pointer in the third quarter that was part of a 13-1 run. The shot gave Chicago the lead for good at 62-61.
"I am shooting the ball with confidence," Duhon said. "We knew they would make a run and we were able to answer their run, get some key stops and execute down the stretch."
Songaila led seven Bulls in double figures with 18 points off the bench. Luol Deng had 13 points and nine rebounds, Kirk Hinrich added 13 points, Andres Nocioni 12 and Michael Sweetney and Ben Gordon 10.
"Each game he (Songaila) has shown another dimension," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. "He had some nice post moves tonight and he was able to find some guys, besides the fact that he was making open shots and playing great defense."
The Bulls, who lost Tuesday at home to Miami, overcame 22 turnovers by shooting a season-high 57 percent (37-of-64 from the field and outrebounding the Raptors, 42-25.
"In the first half, we were a little tired. We were sloppy with the ball and the Raptors hurt us," Skiles said. "When we got active, which is when we play our best, we did a great job of stopping them and were able to get out on the open floor and get easy baskets."
Tyson Chandler, who grabbed eight boards and blocked four shots off the bench, left with 8:52 remaining with a knee injury and is listed as day-to-day.
Chris Bosh scored 25 points, Mike James added 16 and rookie Joey Graham scored 11 of his season-high 15 in the first half for Toronto, which has not beaten Chicago in nearly three years.
"They wanted the game more than we did," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "We moved the ball in the first half and got wide-open shots and all of a sudden in the third quarter, they (Bulls) picked up their intensity and we stopped passing the basketball."