TORONTO (AP) -- Chicago ended a 16-game losing streak to Toronto
more than three years ago, and the Bulls haven't lost to the
Chris Duhon scored 26 points to help Chicago beat Toronto for
the 12th straight time with a 104-88 rout Wednesday night.
Darius Songaila had 19 points and three other players reached
double figures for the Bulls, who haven't lost to the Raptors since
ending their streak on Dec. 6, 2002.
"Right now, they just have our number," said Toronto's Jalen
Rose, who was on the Chicago team that ended Toronto's winning
streak. "There was a 16-game span when Toronto beat them as well.
That's what happens in pro sports. You hate to be on the back end
Duhon said Chicago, which has won three of four overall, was
used its quickness to beat Toronto.
"One day it's going to end," he said. "Hopefully, it's not
soon. We were able to get stops and get out on our transition
Chicago coach Scott Skiles said it's just been a combination of
the Bulls playing well and Toronto playing poorly sometimes.
Toronto got off to yet another slow start as Chicago led 28-16
after the first quarter. The Raptors cut the lead to five in the
third quarter, but Chicago followed with a 10-3 run to finish the
Chicago led by as many as 18 in the third, but Bosh capped an
11-0 run with an alley-opp dunk after a Chicago turnover, cutting
the lead to 67-63 with 3:15 left in the third.
Chicago, however, followed with its own 10-3 run to finish the
third quarter up 77-66. Jannero Pargo had four points and Duhon
made a long 3-pointer before the shot clock expired.
Duhon's 3-pointer made it 93-80 with 4:33 left in the fourth and
sealed the game.
"I won't say it was a lack of effort," Toronto coach Sam
Mitchell said. "We didn't shoot the ball well."
Toronto forward Pape Sow started his first game of the
season. Sow had four points and three rebounds. He averaged 19.7
points and a league-best 11.6 rebounds in 18 games for the Arkansas
RimRockers of the NBA Development league before being recalled
earlier this month. ... The Raptors hired retired Jerome Williams
to do community work for them. Williams also has a similar job with
the New York Knicks. He was a fan favorite in Toronto. ...
Chicago's Kirk Hinrich had just four points in 22 minutes. He
didn't return after bruising his left thigh in the third quarter.
... Toronto's Joey Graham and his twin brother, Chicago's Stephen
Graham, played each other. Rose, their mother, wore a Raptors
jacket over a Bulls shirt. Joey had six points in 19 minutes, while
Stephen played 3 minutes.
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