Regular Season Series (Game 2 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 85

(4-15, 1-12 away)

Raptors 103

(7-12, 4-5 home)

    Coverage: WCIU

    8:00 PM ET, December 6, 2002

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 20 20 20 2585
    TOR 25 23 21 34103

    Top Performers

    Chicago: E. Curry 19 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    Toronto: V. Carter 20 Pts, 10 Reb, 5 Ast

    Return of Lenard, Williams spark Raptors to win

    TORONTO -- Voshon Lenard returned just in time to hand the Chicago Bulls yet another loss.

    Voshon Lenard

    Lenard, who missed three games with a sore back, scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Toronto Raptors beat the Bulls for the 16th straight time, 103-89 Friday night.

    "It felt pretty good at shootaround so I thought I would give it a shot,'' said Lenard, who shot 9-for-15 from the field.

    Toronto won despite being outscored 62-26 in the paint. Raptors forward Antonio Davis left the game in the second quarter with a sore right knee and didn't return. He will undergo an MRI on Saturday, but the injury isn't considered serious.

    "It never fails. Every time we get somebody back another person goes out,'' Lenard said.

    Vince Carter and Alvin Williams each added 20 points, while Jerome Williams had 11 points and seven rebounds in his return after missing five games with a sore left elbow. Jerome Williams said he will have to undergo surgery eventually.

    "At gametime we found out that Jerome and Voshon could go and they came in and did a great job,'' Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said.

    The Bulls, who have lost nine straight overall, haven't beaten the Raptors since Feb. 28, 1999.

    Eddy Curry, starting in place of the injured Tyson Chandler, had a team-high 19 points for the Bulls, who lost their 12th straight on the road.

    "Voshon Lenard stepped up and made big shots,'' Chicago's Jalen Rose said. "Once they got the fourth-quarter lead it seemed like it was downhill for our team.''

    After Alvin Williams made a free throw following a technical foul on Rose, Lenard made a 3-pointer, giving Toronto an 86-75 lead with 6:54 left.

    Alvin Williams then scored seven straight points, and his two free throws with 4:50 remaining gave Toronto a 16-point lead _ the Raptors' biggest lead of the game.

    Lenard's layup with 2:09 left made it 99-85.

    Carter added 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who outrebounded the Bulls 57-45.

    "There is something in the water here because we can't stay healthy,'' said Carter, whose team is 4-4 since he returned from a quadriceps injury on Nov. 27.

    "I just want to take my time and try not to overdue it. I just want to go with the flow. Some nights I'm going to be needed more than others. Tonight, I don't think I was needed as much.''

    Carter scored 10 points and Lenard had nine as the Toronto led 48-44 at halftime.

    Game notes

    Chandler missed the game with a sore back. ... Actor Morris Chestnut from the movie "Like Mike'' sat courtside. ... The Raptors had lost their previous two games overall and their last four at home. ... Chicago plays 13 of its next 15 games at home.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 103
    FGM-FGA 35-80 (.438) 38-83 (.458)
    3PM-3PA 0-8 (.000) 5-15 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 19-22 (.864) 22-31 (.710)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-34 16-50
    Assists 23 20
    Turnovers 15 14
    Steals 8 3
    Blocks 5 1
    Fast Break Points 5 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (1/0) 21 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Eddy Curry Curry
    Points: 19
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 20
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0