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Chicago wins third straight; Raptors drop 5 of 6

TORONTO (AP) -- Donyell Marshall thinks the Chicago Bulls are
finally taking basketball seriously.

"They are not goofing around anymore, thinking everything is a
joke," Marshall said of his former team after the Bulls reached a
season high for points in a 121-115 victory over the Toronto
Raptors on Wednesday night.

Kirk Hinrich had 28 points and Ben Gordon scored 15 in the
fourth quarter.

"They have finally learned the game," said Marshall, who was
traded from Chicago to Toronto last season. "When I was with them
everything was a laughing joke. It was all about who got dunked on
and who they dunked on. Now it's about winning."

Eddy Curry added 24 points and Luol Deng had 20 for the Bulls,
who have won three straight and 16 of 21. Six players reached
double figures in scoring for the Bulls, who shot 58 percent.

But Curry wasn't happy they allowed a season high in points.

"This is not the way to win when we pride ourselves on our
defense," Curry said.

The Bulls improved to 26-23, good for sixth in the Eastern
Conference. They went 23-59 last season.

Hinrich went 6-for-8 from behind the 3-point arc and Chicago
finished a season-best 11-for-15 on 3s.

Hinrich left the game with 2:50 to go with a severe sprain of
his fourth and fifth fingers on his right hand after he jammed them
while swiping at the ball. His availability for the
rookie-sophomore game at All-Star weekend is in doubt.

Chris Bosh had 28 points for the Raptors, who have lost five of
six.

"There wasn't much defense in this game," Bosh said.

Deng capped a 13-2 run with a 3-pointer to give Chicago a
113-100 lead with 2:59 left. Toronto cut it to eight, but Gordon, a
rookie with a growing reputation for clutch play, made a 3-pointer
to give Chicago a 116-105 lead with 1:35 remaining.

Gordon has scored at least 10 points in the fourth quarter of 14
games this season.

"Ben has so many fourth quarters like that now you kind of just
expect it," Chicago coach Scott Skiles said. "He hits tough shots
and our guys rely on him."

The Bulls, who beat Sacramento on Tuesday night, began the game
on 10-0 run as Curry scored six points and Hinrich had four. The
two combined for 27 points as Chicago led 37-34 after the first
quarter.

Hinrich went 4-for-4 from 3-point range in the first period.

Jalen Rose had 25 points and Rafer Alston added 21 for the
troubled Raptors. Last week, Alston said he was owed an apology
after he got into a heated argument with coach Sam Mitchell.
Forward Eric Williams asked for a trade a day later and a report
surfaced Friday claiming Mitchell got into a physical altercation
with ex-Raptor Vince Carter.

Game notes
The Bulls activated Antonio Davis and put rookie Jared
Reiner on the injured list with a left quadriceps strain. ...
Former Toronto general manager Glen Grunwald attended the game. The
Raptors fired Grunwald last April. ... Gordon finished with 17
points.