Saturday , Jan , 24 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

How Are Things Between Ben Gordon and Del Negro?

Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro downplayed the animated conversation Ben Gordon had with him Thursday as much ado about nothing.

And nothing is what the Bulls delivered defensively Friday at the United Center in a 114-94 loss to the Toronto Raptors, who snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Not that the Bulls’ offense was much better, given their 23 turnovers that the Raptors converted into 27 points.

The Bulls, whose losing streak hit four games, trailed 91-90 with 6:22 left, but the Raptors closed with a 23-4 run. The Raptors’ rout came two days after Bulls general manager John Paxson said the team’s defense must improve and after two days of practice. The Raptors shot 56.6 percent for the game.,CST-SPT-bull24.article