NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Toronto
(Sunday, December 14th)
Final Score: New Orleans 99, Toronto 91
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Chris Paul notched his 17th double-double of the year with 12 points and 12 assists to lead the Hornets in a 99-91 victory over the Raptors.
Paul is tied with Orlando's Dwight Howard for the league lead.
David West poured in 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds for New Orleans, which has won four of its last five games and eight of 10. James Posey logged a season-high 20 points, including six three-pointers, and 10 boards while Rasual Butler scored 16 points.
"He (Paul) does a very good job of dictating the flow of a game, creating for himself and for us," said Posey. "I looked up the other night and he had a double-double."
Jose Calderon scored 22 points and doled out seven assists for Toronto, which has dropped six of eight overall. Chris Bosh tallied 25 points, grabbed eight boards and dished out six helpers in defeat.
"We're still a good team, we just have to get it consistent again," said Bosh.
Butler's three-pointer gave New Orleans an 83-72 lead with 8:59 left in the game.
The teams exchanged baskets and eventually a Jermaine O'Neal layup brought the Raptors within 89-83 with about 5 1/2 minutes left.
Two free throws from Bosh brought the Raptors as close as 94-89 with 1:24 left in the tilt, but Butler responded with a three-pointer to quash any hopes Toronto had of a comeback.
The Raptors were up 24-22 after the first quarter but the Hornets swarmed to a 51-46 lead at the half.
A Bosh jumper and Calderon three brought the home team within 63-62 with just over six minutes left in the third.
Posey poured in five quick points to balloon New Orleans' lead up to 68-62 moments later.
West's layup as time expired in the third gave the Hornets an 80-72 advantage heading into the final frame.
Paul extended his streak of consecutive games with a steal to 104. The all- time record for consecutive games with a steal is 105, set by Alvin Robertson (Nov. 6, 1985-Dec. 29, 1986)...O'Neal had 19 points...The Raptors are 5-6 as the host this season. Toronto is 2-4 under interim coach Jay Triano, who took over for the fired Sam Mitchell earlier this month...New Orleans is 6-4 away from the Big Easy this season...New Orleans center Tyson Chandler (neck) did not play...The Raptors had won three of four and eight of the past 11 contests in this series coming in...New Orleans has won six of its last nine trips to Air Canada Centre...Toronto has made at least one three-pointer in 801 straight games (NBA record).
12/14 17:29:39 ET