NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Toronto
(Sunday, March 30th)
Final Score: New Orleans 118, Toronto 111
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - David West scored 32 points and pulled down seven rebounds, as New Orleans held off the Toronto Raptors, 118-111, at Air Canada Centre.
Peja Stojakovic added 25 points, and Chris Paul came up big again with 20 points and 16 assists for the Hornets, who are tied with San Antonio for the top spot in the Southwest Division and Western Conference.
Tyson Chandler had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the victory, while Bonzi Wells ended with 12 points.
Victorious in six of their last seven games and 11 of 14, the Hornets shot 60 percent from the field and reached the 50-win plateau for the first time since 1998, when the club was located in Charlotte.
"The amazing thing is we talked that if we could win 50 games, we'd make the playoffs, but right now in the Western Conference, if you win 50 you probably don't make the playoffs," New Orleans coach Byron Scott said. "Obviously, with 10 games left we want to continue to win and improve on the defensive end."
Chris Bosh posted 21 points and seven boards for the Raptors, who had a two- game win streak broken, but lost for the eighth time in 11 contests. Toronto maintained the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of Philadelphia. The Sixers lost at Cleveland Sunday night.
"You really have to give it to them," Bosh said. "We switched up our schemes, we tried to do different things, but they were still able to have success."
New Orleans entered the final quarter with a 22-point lead, but received a scare down the stretch. Jamario Moon hit a three-pointer during a 9-0 run for Toronto, which cut its deficit to 114-108 with 1:34 left following a layup from Jose Calderon.
However, Paul fed West for a successful hook shot in the lane 21 seconds later. West then came up with a steal, and Chandler's alley-oop jam off a pass from Paul sealed New Orleans' victory.
Carlos Delfino had 18 points, Rasho Nesterovic 14 and Moon 13 for the Raptors. Calderon finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Morris Peterson's three-ball ended a string of 11 straight points by the Hornets, as they bolted to a 25-14 lead. The advantage stood at 37-28 after 12 minutes and 69-58 at the half.
The New Orleans lead reached 24, the last time at 101-77 after a Stojakovic jumper in the final minute of the third. Moon jammed to end the quarter.
Peterson, playing his first game back in Toronto since signing with New Orleans last summer, got a standing ovation during the pregame introductions. He finished with eight points.
T.J. Ford and Humphries each had 10 points for the Raptors, who shot 52.3 percent from the field...New Orleans went 8-of-15 from three-point range, including a 5-of-7 clip from Stojakovic...Toronto made all 12 of its free throws.
03/30 21:58:20 ET