CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 13 (Ticker) -- Lee Nailon
and Baron Davis
exerted their influence over the game as the Charlotte Hornets re-affirmed their home supremacy over the Toronto Raptors.
Nailon scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Davis had 17 and a career-high 15 assists as the Hornets posted their 11th victory in 12 all-time meetings with the Raptors at Charlotte Coliseum, 104-90.
Nailon has been starting for the injured Jamal Mashburn and has scored in double figures in five of his last six games. The 6-8 forward helped the Hornets extend their home winning streak to eight overall before being ejected with 3:33 left.
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Leader of the headband: Baron Davis drives against Keon Clark.
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"It's very important to win these games because we're playing teams in our division," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "If we can beat those teams here, it gets us a step closer to where we need to be, and that's to stay around the .500 mark and get our guys back."
Davis registered his eighth double-double of the season. The point guard collected 10 points and seven assists as Charlotte torched Toronto with a season-high 40 points in the first quarter.
"We're getting a feel for each other," Davis said. "The first half, we really played well and executed. We want to play like that the entire 48 minutes."
Davis has double-digit assists in nine of his last 11 games after failing to registered 10 assists in the first 11 games.
The Hornets made their opening seven shots and 14 of their first 17, racing to 40-24 advantage after 12 minutes.
Vince Carter, who struggled with a bruised right calf, scored 21 of his 31 points after halftime. The All-Star shooting guard hit a six-foot jumper with 6:45 left to close the deficit to 93-82.
But Elden Campbell collected two of his 18 points on Charlotte's ensuing possession, blowing past Keon Clark with a spin move and slamming it home with his left hand.
"I got a little push on the block (from Clark) and he did a lot of pushing," said Campbell, who repeated the move before the end. "His momentum was going towards me and it is hard to recover. He didn't get any weak-side help. So, I just had a layup from there."
David Wesley scored 16 points and P.J. Brown added 13 and nine rebounds for the Hornets, who improved to 18-6 all-time against their Central Division rivals.
Campbell hit a layup just over four minutes into the contest to tie it, 14-14, and ignite a 28-10 outburst that closed the quarter.
Wesley's errant 18-foot jumper from the right sideline 5:13 into the game marked Charlotte's first miss from the floor. But the Raptors watched Campbell gather the rebound and set up Wesley for a 3-pointer to increase the lead to six.
"They got two or three offensive rebounds in the first half on many of their possessions," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "You can't let any team do that. If they do that, they're going to score or shoot a layup."
Carter became the first NBA player to score 40-plus points in consecutive games this season on Friday and Sunday. But the North Carolina alumnus sat out the second half of Wednesday's loss at San Antonio with a bruised right calf and the injury appeared to bother him Thursday.
After sinking Toronto's first two baskets, Carter missed seven straight from the field in the opening quarter. By the time he rediscovered his touch with 3:02 left in the first quarter, Charlotte had an 11-point cushion.
"When things aren't going right for you, it's difficult," Wilkens said. "We were in such a hole that we made headway, but it was never enough."
Nailon has responded to his starting role. He averaged 5.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 13.4 minutes off the bench in the first nine games of the season. In his third season out of TCU, Nailon has tallied 15.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in 13 games as a starter.
Campbell had another strong outing for the Hornets. In his 12th NBA season, the 7-foot center came into Thursday's contest averaging 15.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.90 blocks per game.
"Before the season started, coach told me they were going to come to me a lot more and it was something I was looking forward to," Campbell said. "If they come down to me at the end, I want to get it on the block late in the game and be able to score."
The Clemson product added eight rebounds and two blocks to his offensive output.