TORONTO, March 7 (Ticker) --
The Toronto Raptors found holding onto a
lead a lot easier with the New Orleans Hornets' best players
sitting on the bench.
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had 26 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as
the Raptors snapped a seven-game home losing streak with an
84-76 triumph over the Hornets, who played the fourth quarter
without leading scorers Baron Davis
and Jamal Mashburn
Carter shot 10-of-24 from the field and made big plays down the
stretch as the Raptors held the Hornets at bay. Their task was
made easier with Davis and Mashburn on the sidelines.
"It is good not to have two All-Stars out there," said reserve
forward Morris Peterson
, who added 17 points. "We've been
struggling and haven't been playing real well and losing games
in the end."
"Toronto plays a low-scoring game, and you need your two best
players, but today it just didn't happen," Mashburn said.
Davis, who averages 23 points per game, did not start after
missing a morning meeting. He finished with just six points on
"The statement was made by not starting him and that says
everything," Hornets coach Tim Floyd
said. "We would have
preferred for him to be at that meeting this morning. Davis not
playing in the fourth had nothing to do with that, it just had
to do with how we were playing with that group."
Asked if he was disappointed with not playing the final period,
Davis said, "Hell, yeah. It's not my decision; I can't put
myself in the game. There have been times when I go into the
fourth with six points but finish with 22 points and get us back
into the game. I guess he felt I didn't have it tonight."
A 21.5-point scorer, Mashburn sat out the last period with a
sore right knee after netting nine points on 3-of-14 shooting.
"It was hurting before the game," he said. "I just tried to gut
it through and it just didn't happen. I decided to take myself
out in the second half and I'll see the doctor tomorrow."
tied it for New Orleans at 50-50 with a basket
with 5:31 left in the third quarter. However, rookie Chris Bosh
's jumper started a period-ending 19-4 run which was capped
by Carter's 3-pointer from mid-court that gave Toronto a 69-54
"I've never made one (from there)," Carter said. "That was my
The Hornets cut the deficit to six points several times in the
fourth quarter, but the Raptors always had an answer.
had 14 and 14 rebounds for the Raptors, who
pulled within one-half game of the eighth and final playoff spot
in the Eastern Conference with only their second win in 14
Magloire, a Toronto native, finished with 23 points and a
career-high 21 rebounds, but New Orleans lost for the fourth
time in its last five contests. The Hornets fell to fifth place
in the Eastern Conference.