TORONTO, March 28 (Ticker) --
The New Orleans Hornets simply had the
Toronto Raptors' number this season.
scored 27 points and Baron Davis
added 22 and 11
assists as the New Orleans Hornets swept the season series from
the Toronto Raptors with a 101-92 victory.
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Mashburn and Davis led six Hornets in double figures as New
Orleans swept Toronto for the first time since the 1997-98
"We came ready to play," Davis said. "We got down early but
kept our composure, stuck to our game plan and moved the ball
offensively. This is a good team. They're much better than
The Hornets won their four meetings with the Raptors by an
average of 15 points.
"They've always played well against us," Raptors swingman Morris
said. "Coach (Paul) Silas has done a good job with
them. You know, there's just some teams you don't play well
had 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds off the
bench for his first double-double in the NBA and P.J. Brown
chipped in 10 points and 11 boards as the Hornets controlled the
glass with a 52-38 edge.
The Hornets outrebounded their opponent for the 25th time in 26
With the win, New Orleans remained 1 1/2 games behind the
Indiana Pacers for fourth place in the Eastern Conference with
nine games left.
"It's a long season," Mashburn said. "People are nicked up,
banged up, and you have to fight through it at this time of
paced Toronto with 21 points but was held to just
4-of-12 shooting in the second half as the Raptors absorbed
their 10th loss in the last 12 contests.
A fellow North Carolina alumnus, George Lynch
two-time All-Star for much of the game and managed to hold
Carter in check.
"He's a big, strong guy," Carter said. "A couple of times going
across the lane he tried to hold me up a little. I guess he
was successful in that aspect. But for the most part, it's
pretty much what I've seen (before)."
"You've got to contest every jump shot," Lynch said. "When he
brings it to the hole, the big guys (have to be) ready to step
up and make a play and we were successful at doing that."
Silas acknowledged that Carter was not at his best.
"He tried to be as physical as possible," Silas said. "You
can't stop Vince Carter when he's on his game. I thought we did
as good a job as anybody could, trying to force him to his
left, flooding the lane when he did get inside."
Despite struggling in the previous three meetings, Toronto
opened a nine-point lead just under two minutes into the second
quarter. But Moiso scored on a running dunk to spark a 13-1 run
and capped it with a layup with 6:19 to play in the half,
giving New Orleans a 40-37 advantage.
"The first quarter, we were kind of going through the motions,"
said Mashburn, who scored 12 points during the opening period.
"This time of year, you get an attitude that you can show up and
beat teams. ... Anybody in the NBA can beat you. You have to
come prepared every night."
Davis had five points and two assists as the Hornets put
together a 15-6 burst during a 4 1/2 minute span later in the
second. The point guard ignited the surge with a 3-pointer and
capped it, making an 11-foot jumper with 74 second left in the
half, to open a 55-45 cushion for New Orleans.
The Raptors edged back in front by a point with 3:35 remaining
in third, but Lynch made a layup and a 3-pointer during the
Hornets' 9-2 outburst. That put New Orleans in front for good,
78-72, with just under a minute to go in the period.
Toronto's Antonio Davis
left the game with 6:57 to go in the
third due to a groin strain.
"I thought we had it going and then we lost Antonio," Raptors
coach Lenny Wilkens said. "I thought that hurt us a little bit.
After that, we just didn't shoot as well."