TORONTO (AP)—Chicago ended a 16-game losing streak to Toronto more than three years ago, and the Bulls haven’t lost to the Raptors since.
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 of that.”
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 game.”
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 third.
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.