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                    === Gay pushes Raptors past Hornets ===
 
 Toronto,  ON (Sports  Network) - Rudy Gay  scored 20 points and John Lucas III
 netted  10 of his  19 points in the fourth quarter to help the Toronto Raptors
 pull  away  from the  New Orleans  Hornets in  a 102-89  victory at Air Canada
 Centre.
 
 Kyle Lowry recorded 14 points with 10 assists and Jonas Valanciunas chipped in
 11  points  and 10 rebounds  for the balanced Raptors,  who were coming off an
 impressive overtime victory at Indiana on Friday.
 
 Robin  Lopez and Greivis Vasquez logged 19 and 17 points, respectively, as the
 Hornets had their two-game win streak snapped.
 
 "Toronto was very tough in the paint," Hornets head coach Monty Williams said,
 referring to his club getting outscored, 19-8, in second-chance points.
 
 It  was 69-66  in favor of the hosts following an evenly-played third quarter,
 and  it stayed back-and-forth  until Lucas fueled a 10-2 run with a pair of 3-
 pointers, the last coming from the left wing for an 89-76 cushion with 6:10 to
 play.
 
 "Lucas got it going, he was making shots and he did a great job," Raptors head
 coach Dwane Casey said.
 
 Vasquez  ended  the  spurt  with  a layup,  but  Gay  scored  on  back-to-back
 possessions  to keep New  Orleans at bay, and it was a double-digit affair for
 the remainder of the contest.
 
 Austin  Rivers' 18-foot  buzzer-beater ended a first quarter controlled by the
 Raptors,  who  connected on  14-of-21 from the  field as they  jumped out to a
 32-21 lead.
 
 The Hornets rode the momentum of Rivers' bucket and scored the first 12 points
 of  the  second -- highlighted  by two Brian Roberts  3-pointers -- to jump in
 front.
 
 Lucas ended the three-minute run with a deep make, and Toronto stayed in front
 at halftime, 50-47.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Hornets  guard Eric Gordon  shot just 2-of-7 from the field for six points, 11
 below  his  season average ... Gay  has scored 20  or more points in his first
 five  games with  the Raptors ... Toronto  swept the season series and has won
 the last four meetings.
 
 
 02/10 21:17:22 ET

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