Wednesday , Dec , 14 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Bulls, Raptors hook up at Air Canada Centre

(Sports Network) – The Toronto Raptors target a rare winning streak tonight
when they open a three-game homestand against the Chicago Bulls at the Air
Canada Centre.

However getting a win tonight maybe easier said than done, as the Raptors have
dropped nine straight to the Bulls dating back to November of 2002. Toronto
has also been an accommodating host and has dropped four straight to the Bulls
north of the border.

On Saturday, though, Chris Bosh netted a season-high 30 points and grabbed 11
rebounds to lead Toronto to a 111-103 victory at Charlotte. Mike James added
22 points while Charlie Villanueva had 19 along with nine boards off the bench
for the Raptors, who have now won three of their last five games.

Down 98-97 with three minutes to go, Toronto used an 11-2 run to move ahead
for good. Bosh put the Raptors in front by sinking a pair of foul shots and
later dropped in a short jumper for a 105-100 advantage with a minute left.
Morris Peterson then sealed the win with a three-pointer after Jumaine Jones
misfired from beyond the arc.

Bosh has been one of the few bright spots on a disappointing Raptors team, as
he is averaging a team-best 22.1 points-per-game.

On the milestone front, Peterson will be playing his 300th consecutive game
tonight.

Toronto, which will also host Golden State and Philadelphia on this stand, is
a dismal 1-9 in its arena this season.

Chicago, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note after falling to the Miami
Heat, 100-97, on Tuesday in Pat Riley’s return to the bench. Kirk Hinrich had
26 points and eight assists while Darius Songaila contributed 19 points for
the Bulls, who have dropped two of three.

Ben Gordon returned to the lineup after missing two games with a sprained
right knee and scored nine points in 25 minutes. He is questionable for
tonight’s affair.

The Bulls, who will close a brief two-game road trip in Detroit on Friday, are
6-5 away from home this season.

CHI TOR