Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/4

Game 1: Monday, November 4th
Game 2: Friday, December 6th
Game 3: Wednesday, December 18th
Game 4: Wednesday, February 26th

Bulls 105

(2-2, 1-2 away)

Raptors 109

(2-2, 2-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, November 4, 2002

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

1 2 3 4 OT T
CHI 24 22 16 32 11105
TOR 30 25 25 14 15109

Top Performers

Chicago: D. Marshall 32 Pts, 17 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

Toronto: A. Williams 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Blk

Hunter's OT jumper lifts Vince-less Raptors

TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Raptors already knew they could win without Vince Carter. Now they know they can succeed without Antonio Davis, too.

Lindsey Hunter

Lindsey Hunter made a jumper with 1.2 seconds remaining in overtime as the shorthanded Raptors beat the Chicago Bulls 109-105 Monday night.

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.

Game notes

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 105 109
FGM-FGA 45-109 (.413) 37-92 (.402)
3PM-3PA 4-9 (.444) 4-15 (.267)
FTM-FTA 11-20 (.550) 31-39 (.795)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 29-68 15-48
Assists 22 21
Turnovers 23 15
Steals 8 17
Blocks 6 11
Fast Break Points 18 10
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (1/0) 21 (0/0)

Top Performers

Donyell Marshall Marshall
Points: 32
Reb: 17
Ast: 2
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Alvin Williams Williams
Points: 25
Reb: 5
Ast: 8
Stl: 0
Blk: 1