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