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Road Trip Starts With Big Win Over Hornets
Raptors 107 90 Hornets
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Jay Satur
November 6, 2009
New Orleans Arena
New Orleans, LA

Undoubtedly the Raptors' massive third quarter that saw them catch fire from behind the arc and go on a 27-4 run. It all started with Jose Calderon's three-pointer with 10:10 to play in the third and the Raptors went on to hit another six in the quarter to set a new franchise mark.

The result was a 34-point stanza that lifted the Raptors to an 83-65 lead they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the way.


Chris Bosh is going to need to start paying rent for this space. CB4 has yet to take a night off yet this season and Friday was perhaps his most impressive performance of the campaign. His 27 points came on 9/9 shooting from the floor with most of his damage coming from inside.

No sequence embodied Bosh's night more effectively than late in the second quarter where he demonstrated finesse on a gorgeous tip-in on a lob pass from Jarrett Jack and then power with an emphatic dunk over Julian Wright about a minute later.


Jose Calderon. The Raptors' starting floor general was under a lot of scrutiny heading into this one, but he responded very well to the tune of 16 points, eight assists and four rebounds.

His fingerprints were all over the big surge after the break and by the time he left with 4:18 to play in the third, a two-point Raptors halftime deficit had become a 10-point lead. Yes he was guarding Chris Paul, who had a monster line, but Calderon was back to his efficient self offensively and did a more than admirable job defending the all-star in the second half.


14-29 from three-point range for the Raptors. It put the game out of reach in the third and perhaps most impressive was the fact that it was spread around. Hedo Turkoglu finished with four, but six other Raptors dialed in from long distance in this one. As mentioned, the eight threes in the third set a new team record for treys in one quarter.


Our effort was good but the effort wasnt the normal effort within our defensive position. The 2nd half we showed him (Chris Paul) as many bodies as we could and I think the team did a great job of sharing the ball as well.

(Paul) had to work for everything he got and I think our guys did a great job tonight. - Jay Triano


Saturday, Oct. 7 @ Dallas
8:30 PM ET (theScore, FAN 590)

The road trip rolls on as Chris Bosh heads to his hometown of Dallas, Texas for a date with the Mavericks to close out a back-to-back (8 PM, theScore, FAN590). But that won't be the only reunion in the Lone Star State as Antoine Wright, Kris Humphries and Shawn Marion all face their former clubs since a complicated four-team deal this past offseason that delivered Hedo Turkoglu to the Raps. Dallas swept the two-game season series against the Raps last season.
By The Numbers
100 Percentage Bosh shot from the floor after hitting all nine of his field goal attempts on Friday.
100 Bosh's percentage from three-point range this season. He hit his fourth in four tries against the Hornets.
19 Number of rebounds from Andrea Bargnani in his past two games, both Raptor wins.
18 Game-high assist total from Chris Paul.
+5 Rebounding differential in favour of the Raptors (39-34).
They Said It...
Amir Johnson When the second group comes in, were supposed to just pick it up and bring up the energy and give our team a lift. We definitely picked it up. We shot the hell out of the ball and thats what got us the win. - Amir Johnson
Jose Calderon He had 21 points and 18 assists, so Ive got to keep on working and get better.- Jose Calderon on guarding Chris Paul
Byron Scott They (Raptors) were getting up and down the floor and they kept that pace and they just kept attacking. I thought we just kind of accepted it... We just kind of allowed them to run their offense and take the shots that they had." - Hornets head coach Byron Scott
Fantasy Alert
15.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.5 APG

Notes: Hedo Turkoglu is looking like the all-around contributor the Raptors envisioned when they acquired him this summer. A season-high four 3-pointers lifted him to 16 points, with four rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block on Friday.
30.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 8.2 APG

Notes:The Hornets may be looking for answers after a slow start, but Chris Paul certainly hasn't been an issue. On Friday, he was close to a monster triple-double with 21 points, a game-high 18 assists and seven rebounds.