NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 29 (Ticker) -- Robert Pack
should plan to stay in New
Orleans for a while.
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On the final day of his 10-day contract, Pack started his second
game in place of injured point guard Baron Davis
lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 104-83 victory over the
"We'll sign him for the rest of the season tomorrow," Hornets
coach Paul Silas said. "He's finishing, he's zooming, his shot
is coming around and he's up. He's aggressive and he's up with
his energy level all the time. That's really what we need."
Pack, who is playing for his seventh team in his 12th NBA
season, collected 18 points, 11 assists and six rebounds as New
Orleans closed out a seven-game homestand at 4-3.
"Tonight I just came out and let it flow," Pack said. "I was not
thinking about the contract. I knew we needed this win going
into this road trip. Tonight was a good night."
scored 25 points to lead the Hornets, who outscored
the Raptors in every quarter, including 23-12 in the final
period. New Orleans has won all three of its games with Toronto
this season by at least 15 points.
scored just 11 points on 3-of-16 shooting but hit
a 3-pointer with 9:59 left to cap a 15-2 run and turn the game
into a laugher.
"Our transition from offense to defense was very slow," Raptors
coach Lenny Wilkens said. "The big guys were slow getting back
down or the guards were slow. They had too many second or third
shots at the basket."
Toronto All-Star guard Vince Carter
, in his second game back
after missing 23 contests with a strained right knee, looked
rusty in scoring 13 points.
"It's very frustrating," Carter said. "I'm trying to win. I want
to win and make the playoffs."
Early in the fourth period, the high-flying Carter dribbled into
the lane early and tried a fancy spin move, only to have his
tricky flip shot swatted away by Jerome Moiso
Moiso, who had warmed the bench for the past five games, had
eight points and blocked a career-high three shots. He also tied
a career high with nine rebounds.
"Having Moiso come in and play the way he did was a big plus,"
returned from a strained groin to score eight
points in 24 minutes for the Hornets.
was also impressive for the Hornets, scoring
eight points on 4-of-6 shooting and displaying more athleticism
"I've been working with (Traylor) on an outside shot," Silas
said. "I told him now that I think I created a monster, because
he's looking at that hoop."
led five Raptors in double figures with 16 points
off the bench, but could not help Toronto avoid its fourth
consecutive road loss.
Toronto grabbed only 33 rebounds to New Orleans' 52. With seven
boards, Antonio Davis
was the only Raptor to grab more than
four. Davis also had five blocked shots to go with 12 points.