NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 4 (Ticker) -- The New Orleans Hornets still have not tasted defeat in their new home.

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Baron Davis, returning to the lineup after missing two games with back spasms, scored 18 points as the Hornets pulled away in the fourth quarter for an 89-74 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

"It's (the back) not yet 100 percent and I still need to be in rehab," said Davis, who had played in 264 straight games before missing Sunday's contest against Boston and Tuesday's game against Chicago. "I didn't play last night, so I had a lot of energy tonight and I wanted to be active in the second half."

"We definitely missed him the last couple games and we need him back in there," said New Orleans forward P.J. Brown, who contributed 15 points. "He's one of our franchise players."

Toronto closed to 63-60 when Vince Carter hit the first basket of the final period. But New Orleans put away the contest with a 14-0 burst fueled by reserves Stacey Augmon, Elden Campbell and Courtney Alexander.

"We're always ready coming off the bench, top to bottom," Alexander said. "Everybody is ready and that was key tonight."

The Hornets, who improved to 10-0 at home, took their biggest lead at 84-65 on George Lynch's 3-pointer with 4:39 remaining.

New Orleans, which outscored Toronto 26-16 in the final period, is one of four teams yet to lose at home this season.

"Great defense, through and through," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "I looked up in the fourth quarter and they have only 60 points and I'm saying, 'Wow, Stacey Augmon came in and helped to do a job on Vince Carter. Elden came in and did a nice job.'"

Carter scored 26 points and Alvin Williams added 13 for the Raptors, who again dressed only eight players due to a series of injuries.

"There's light at the end of the tunnel," Carter said. "The season's not over. We played hard, we tried to get it done. I'm not going to sit here and makes excuses. We need to play through it (injuries)."

The Raptors shot only 36 percent (30-of-83) from the field, and only Carter and Williams reached double figures.

"We tried to put the pressure on them and make the other guys step up and do things they're not accustomed to doing," Brown said. "We let Vince have his points. Everybody else we kind of held down."

The Raptors settled for a split of their four-game road trip.

"Anytime you can get a split on the road is good," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We had a chance to win one of those two (losses) but didn't."

Davis paced a balanced attack as five Hornets reached double figures. Jamaal Magloire added 16 points, making 7-of-10 shots.

"Coach has confidence in me and I have confidence in myself," Magliore said. "They kept going to me and I kept capitalizing."

Jamal Mashburn and Campbell contributed 10 points apiece for the Hornets, who shot just under 40 percent (33-of-83).

New Orleans never trailed after taking a 41-40 halftime lead. Alexander's 3-pointer capped the 14-0 burst, giving the Hornets a 77-60 cushion with 6:27 to play.

"It was a grind-it-out game," Brown said. "Coming off last night's game, I thought we looked a little sluggish, as did they because they played last night as well."