Lindsey Hunter made a jumper with 1.2 seconds remaining in
overtime as the shorthanded Raptors beat the Chicago Bulls 109-105
Hunter and Voshon Lenard each scored 23 points for the Raptors,
who were missing two injured All-Stars. Carter (strained left
quadriceps tendon) and Davis (strained left ribcage) are each
expected to be out at least a week.
''When your two best players are out you have to step up,''
Hunter said. ''They are not going to postpone the game because our
superstars are out.''
Alvin Williams had a team-high 25 points for the Raptors, who
have won 15 straight against Chicago.
Last season, the Raptors finished with 12 wins in their final 14
games without Carter to earn a playoff spot.
''We played without Vince for a long time and we learned from
that,'' Williams said. ''When you have a chance to show what you
can do without a superstar or without a go-to-guy, people take that
challenge and I think that's what we are about.''
Donyell Marshall had 32 points and 17 rebounds for Bulls, who
have lost two straight after winning their first two.
''I played so hard to help the team get back in the game and
then it all goes away,'' Marshall said.
After Hunter made his 15-foot jumper to give the Raptors the
lead, Mamadou N'diaye fouled Marshall, but he missed his free throw
with 0.4 seconds remaining to seal the victory for Toronto.
N'diaye, who hardly played last season, finished with a
career-high 12 points and eight blocks.
''I'm thankful I got some minutes,'' N'diaye said.
Jalen Rose added 24 points for the Bulls, whose 23 turnovers led
to 31 points for the Raptors.
The Bulls, down by 18 at the end of the third quarter, began the
fourth on a 20-5 run as Marshall scored nine points.
Marshall later made a 3-pointer, cutting Toronto's lead to five
with 2:06 left.
After Lenard assisted on N'diaye's layup, Rose made a 3-pointer
to cut the lead to four.
Rose then made a jumper and a driving layup with 7.8 seconds
left to tie it.
N'diaye appeared to make a tip-in to win it before the final
buzzer sounded, but the officials said it was no good after
checking the instant replay.
Jay Williams' 3-pointer in overtime gave Chicago a 101-99 lead
with 1:15 left, but N'diaye made two free throws to tie it.
Rose then fouled Toronto's Morris Peterson, who made two free
throws to give Toronto the lead with 49 seconds left.
After Alvin Williams made two more, N'diaye blocked Fred
Hoiberg's layup attempt.
But Rose made a putback and a short jumper with 5.8 seconds left
to tie it again.
Alvin Williams and Hunter combined for 26 points and eight
assists in the first half as Toronto led 55-46 at the break.
The Raptors started Peterson, Jerome Williams, Jelani McCoy, Lenard and Alvin Williams. ... Carlos Delgado and Shannon Stewart of the Blue Jays sat courtside. ... Hunter hit Lenard in the head with a pass in the third quarter. ... Marshall scored 14
points in the fourth.