Tuesday , Nov , 28 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Hornets, Raptors clash at Ford Center

(Sports Network) – The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets try to halt a three-
game losing streak when they host the Toronto Raptors tonight at Ford Center.

On Saturday, All-Star Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points and pulled down nine
rebounds to lift the Dallas Mavericks past the Hornets, 85-73, at American
Airlines Center.

Jannero Pargo finished with 19 points and reigning Rookie of the Year Chris
Paul contributed 12 points and five steals in the loss to Dallas for the
Hornets, who have lost six of their last 10 games overall.

The Hornets, who play the first of a two-game homestand, are 4-1 as the host
this season. They will host Ben Gordon and the Chicago Bulls on Friday.

Toronto plays the first of a two-game road trip. Chris Bosh scored 17 points
and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Raptors defeated the Indiana Pacers, 92-83, on
Sunday at Air Canada Centre.

Rookie Andrea Bargnani contributed 14 points, while Jorge Garbajosa and Jose
Calderon both netted 13 for the Raptors, who have won two of their last three
contests since dropping six straight games.

The Raptors are 0-7 on the road this season. They will visit the Mavericks on
Wednesday at American Airlines Center.

Toronto has lost 11 of its last 15 at the Hornets. The Raptors are 5-14 at the

This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Raptors
are scheduled to host the Hornets on January 24, 2007 at Air Canada Centre.