Bosh, Parker pace Raptors past Hornets
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh and Anthony Parker each scored
19 points for Toronto, which put forth a strong performance in the second half
en route to a 94-77 victory over New Orleans/Oklahoma City at Ford Center.
Bosh finished 6-of-13 shooting and pulled down 14 rebounds while Parker went
7-of-12 from the field.
Andrea Bargnani scored 16 points and Joey Graham added 14 for the Raptors, who
recorded their first road win this season. Jose Calderon contributed 13 points
and dished out four assists.
Toronto shot 45 percent from the floor.
Chris Paul led the Hornets with 16 points despite shooting 6-of-16 and had 11
helpers. Rasual Butler had 13 points, Desmond Mason scored 10 and Tyson
Chandler grabbed 17 boards in the loss.
New Orleans, which has dropped four straight, shot a lowly 25 percent from
Toronto, up 63-59 at the 3:19 mark in the third, ended the quarter with a 9-0
run for a 13-point advantage. Bosh led the charge with five points, three of
which came from free throws, and Calderon contributed with a three-pointer.
That spurt by the Raptors changed the reflection of the game and took
everything out of the Hornets, who were outscored 23-14 in the period and
never mounted a threat in the fourth.
The Hornets held a moderate advantage throughout the first quarter, and led by
as many as seven on Mason’s dunk with 1:18 remaining. Toronto then came within
two, 25-23, when Radoslav Nesterovic drained a jumper and Graham hit a trey.
The Raptors opened the second with six straight points to take a four-point
lead, but a pair of Marc Jackson free throws knotted the game, 33-33, for New
Orleans with 7:57 left. Toronto, though, answered with nine of the game’s next
11 points for a 42-35 edge.
Mason’s finger roll late in the frame got the Hornets within two, but a
driving layup by Calderon made it a 49-45 contest in favor of the Raptors at
Toronto had lost 11 of 15 against the Hornets…Jackson finished with nine
points and Chandler had six…The Hornets shot 41.6 percent from the
floor…Toronto hosts Dallas on Wednesday while New Orleans/Oklahoma City
welcomes Chicago on Friday…Hornets guard Peja Stojakovic missed his second
straight game with back spasms…Attendance was 15,647.