Aided by call, Raptors win seventh straight


CHICAGO (AP) -- The Raptors have had a lot of close games during
their winning streak, and Friday was no different.

Antonio Davis scored 27 points and Alvin Williams added 18 as
the Toronto Raptors held on to beat the Chicago Bulls 98-96 Friday
night for their seventh straight win.

Reserve Keon Clark had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the
Raptors, whose streak ties a franchise best. Toronto (37-38)
remained tied with the Indiana Pacers, who also won, for the last
playoff spot in the East.

Five of the wins during the streak have been by two points or
fewer, and against the Bulls, Toronto had to hang on against the
NBA's losingest club.

"We used to find ways to lose in the fourth quarter, but now
we're better prepared to do the opposite," said Davis, who shot
6-of-8 on free throws and had 10 points in the final period. "It
actually feels good."

Toronto had the ball and led 97-96 with 3.2 seconds left when
the shot clock appeared to run out. But after the officials
conferred, a jump ball was called.

"It was a safe call," the Bulls' Jalen Rose said. "Instead of
calling it in our favor and giving us a real chance to score, they
played it safe."

After the tip, the Bulls' Tyson Chandler couldn't control the
ball before it went out of bounds with 1.5 seconds to go.

Davis was fouled, and made the second of two free throws for a
two-point lead. After a timeout, Travis Best missed an open 3 as
the buzzer sounded.

Rose scored 35 points to lead Chicago, which has lost eight
straight and 16 of 17.

"That was a real chance to break some streaks," Rose said.

The Bulls were up by 12 early as Rose scored 15 points on 6-of-8

Hakeem Olajuwon and Derrick Dial scored seven points apiece in
the second to lead Toronto, which took a 51-50 halftime lead.

Alvin Williams had 12 points in the third, but the Raptors
couldn't build a lead larger than four points and led 71-69 going
into the fourth.

With the Raptors up one in the fourth, Jerome Williams made a
basket, was fouled and missed the free throw. But the Bulls stood
and watched as Morris Peterson came in and jammed home the rebound
to give Toronto a 78-73 lead with 8:30 to play.

Game notes
The Raptors last won seven straight during the 1999-2000
season. ... Toronto has beaten Chicago 14 straight times. ...
Bulls' Forward Charles Oakley is impressed by the postseason push
his former team has made after the Raptors lost 17 of 18 earlier in
the season. "The way they're playing now, they're the hottest team
in the East. There ain't no shoe-in teams in the East, like in the
West," Oakley said. ... Rose and Davis, once Pacers teammates,
hugged just before the opening tip. ... The Bulls' Eddie Robinson
missed his 46th game because of injury. Robinson has lost 35 games
to a bad toe, 10 games to a strained groin and one because of an
upset stomach. His poor fortunes continued Wednesday at Toronto
when he tweaked his groin going for a breakaway dunk. "Eddie's
used up his amount of bad luck and other people's as well," coach
Bill Cartwright said. ... In his fifth league game, Bulls' rookie
Norman Richardson made a second-quarter jumper for his first NBA
points. ... After Oakley missed a jumper in the fourth and fans
started to boo, he waved his arms to encourage them to get louder.