NBA Game Summary - Toronto at New Orleans
(Monday, December 31st)
Final Score: Toronto 97, New Orleans 92
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Chris Bosh scored 29 points as Toronto wiped out a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to top New Orleans, at New Orleans Arena.
Jose Calderon added 17 points and 12 assists for the Raptors, winners in two of three. Anthony Parker picked up 19 points while Andrea Bargnani had 17.
David West poured in a game-high 33 points for the Hornets, whose five-game win streak came to a crashing halt. Chris Paul contributed 23 points and 16 assists, and Peja Stojakovic added 19 points and 10 boards in a losing cause.
Down 81-71 with more than nine minutes left, Toronto began their comeback with eight straight points from Calderon's jumper through a pair from the line by Bosh to come within two.
Stojakovic hit a three to make it 84-79, but Parker began a game-ending 18-8 surge by hitting a jumper with 5:19 to go. Calderon's three finally put the Raptors on top, 88-86, and after Bosh's three-point play, the club sank six consecutive free-throws down the stretch to ice the win.
"We put some new plays in to keep the team moving," said Calderon. "We did really well in the first quarter, guys moving the ball, finding the open guys. They worked really hard. We something going good in the beginning with the pick and roll, and we tried to every time try a pick and roll."
Toronto opened the game with a 6-2 lead and extended its advantage to 26-18 with 3:12 to play on a Bosh layup. The Raptors took a 32-25 edge into the second following a lay-in by Kris Humphries.
The visitors continued to control the flow of the game, opening the second period with a 7-2 run ending with Jamario Moon's emphatic alley-oop jam 3:13 in. Toronto went up by as much as 10, 51-41, but the Hornets ended the quarter on an 11-2 run and cut their deficit to 52-48 at the break.
New Orleans finally managed to turn the tables on Toronto in the third quarter. Six straight points from West and a three by Morris Peterson boosted New Orleans to a 57-55 lead with a little more than three minutes played. The edge was five on Paul's deuce a short time later, then seven with 4:26 left on Paul's jumper.
A pair of Bargnani free throws brought the Raptors within 72-71, but Paul responded with a fadeaway jumper late to put the Hornets ahead by three after three.
The lead was as high as 10 before three minutes were played in the fourth, but the roof caved in on the Hornets.
"We came out kind of flat," West said. "We just didn't do the things we talked about doing defensively. They got in a good rhythm. Almost everybody on their team shot a good percentage from the floor and you are just not going to beat anybody with defense like that."
Toronto has won eight of the last 11 meetings...The teams shot a combined 8- for-38 from three-point range...New Orleans outrebounded Toronto, 43-34.
12/31 23:59:43 ET