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Bulls match last season's 21 wins at 59-game mark

2/27/2003

CHICAGO (AP) -- When Jalen Rose saw that his teammates needed
some help, he responded in a big way.

Rose scored 26 points and Eddy Curry added 24 as the Chicago
Bulls defeated the Toronto Raptors 103-95 Wednesday night and
matched last season's victory total of 21.

Rose rallied Chicago after the Bulls trailed 63-52 with 5:26
left in the third quarter, scoring 14 consecutive points. Rose's
jumper gave Chicago a 73-72 lead with 10:14 left in the game. He
then hit a 3 to extend Chicago's lead to 83-77 with 7:27 remaining.

"I was just trying to be aggressive,'' Rose said. "I looked
and saw we were down. I just tried to do what I could to help us
get the win.''

Curry posted his second 20-plus effort in the last three games
and is starting emerge along with Tyson Chandler.

"We have a lot of young players on this team who are feeling
their way around,'' Rose said.

Rose hit his seventh consecutive shot to give the Bulls a 92-86
lead with 3:26 left. Rose scored 24 of his 26 points in the second
half.

"He was hitting tough shots,'' Vince Carter said. "It's not
like we weren't in his face. When he hit three or four in a row,
his confidence level went up and that's when he really seemed to
hurt us.''

Toronto could only get within four on Voshon Lenard's two free
throws that made it 97-93 with 46.8 seconds left.

Williams had 16 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high eight
steals for the Raptors. Lenard came off the bench to score 20
points. Carter, who was closely guarded by Trenton Hassell, scored
19.

The Raptors got outrebounded 53-32.

"They really hurt us on the boards,'' Raptors head coach Lenny
Wilkens said. "We just gave up too many second shots.''

The Raptors led 46-42 at halftime. Carter had 11 points at that
stage, having shot 4-of-7. Curry had 13 points for Chicago but
picked up his third foul late in the second quarter.

Game notes
Lindsey Hunter missed the game with a sore back. ... Eddie
Robinson missed his third straight game with a sore right
hamstring. ... Wednesday night marked Toronto's first road game
since Feb. 4. ... Since Carter's return the Raptors are 7-4. The
Raptors had won 16 of their previous 17 against Chicago. ...
Chicago is 18-9 at home.