Raptors 78, Hornets 74, OT

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NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Jalen Rose and Alvin Williams helped the Toronto Raptors overcome Vince Carter’s first quarter injury.

Rose hit a game-tying shot with one second left in regulation and scored a game-high 20 points as Toronto took a 78-74 overtime victory over New Orleans on Thursday night, sending the Hornets to a fourth straight loss.

Alvin Williams hit a pair of jumpers in a low-scoring overtime to finish with 16 points, while Donyell Marshall had 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Reserve Morris Peterson, who was on crutches with a strained right ankle after Toronto’s loss Wednesday at Detroit, scored 13 points.

“I don’t really think we understand the potential that we have as a whole. We have a lot of players who understand how to play this game,” Rose said. “We understand that Vince is our franchise player. Once he went down, everybody had to step up his level of play … and try to find a way to win the game regardless—no excuses.”

Carter left the game with 4:41 remaining in the opening quarter after going down holding his right leg on a missed dunk attempt. He was fouled as he soared through the lane. Team officials called the injury a strained quadriceps and said Carter’s condition would be re-evaluated Friday.

With the score tied at 74, New Orleans had two chances to take the lead but ended up with a missed shot by P.J. Brown and a turnover when Robert Traylor couldn’t handle Baron Davis’ pass.

Williams’ pull-up jumper with 17.6 seconds left put Toronto up 76-74 and ended up being the game winner. All of Williams’ points came after halftime.

“We all want to get guys who really play hard and really care more about winning than anything. That’s Alvin Williams,” Toronto coach Kevin O’Neill said. “He played big-time basketball for us in the second half.”

After Williams’ last basket, Traylor lost another Davis pass out of bounds and the Hornets were forced to start fouling.

Lamond Murray hit only one of two foul shots, leaving New Orleans within 3, but Traylor got the ball and went for a short jump shot that missed, then got his own rebound and missed again.

“Offensively, I’m really scratching my head right now,” said Hornets coach Tim Floyd, whose team shot only 38 percent from the floor and has its longest losing streak of the season. “We’re not playing with any confidence at all.”

The Hornets took a 69-68 lead on Brown’s twisting jumper. Rose turned the ball over on a push-off foul with 35 seconds left, putting the Hornets in good position.

George Lynch then rebounded Brown’s miss on the other end and was fouled behind the 3-point line with 11 seconds left, but was given only two foul shots. The referees discussed the call and decided that Lynch was not shooting—even though Lynch was jumping as he was fouled. Lynch made one of two to give New Orleans a 70-68 lead.

Rose then took possession, ran down the clock and started to drive, pulling up on the edge of the lane and faking Lynch into the air before hitting the tying shot with a second left.

Lynch led New Orleans with 12 points, while Brown had 11. Jamaal Magloire had 10 points and 10 rebounds but missed much of the second half after committing a turnover and being pulled from the game.

Floyd said Traylor, who had nine points and 10 rebounds in four fewer minutes, seemed to be providing “more energy.”

Magloire said he didn’t know why he was pulled but added, “We’re not going to win like that, I can tell you that much.”

“We don’t use our inside presence … and resort to going smaller. … (Opponents) are going to take advantage of that every time,” Magloire said.

Davis had only 10 points on 4-of-17 shooting.

Toronto led 15-9 when Carter left and had little trouble maintaining the lead as New Orleans shot poorly (38 percent) throughout the first half, including 0-of-10 from 3-point range (1-of-17 for the game).

The Raptors took their biggest lead at 45-32 when Murray hit a 3-pointer.

New Orleans turned up its defensive intensity in the third quarter by trapping and guarding the ball more closely, holding the Raptors to only 10points for the period.

Notes

Michael Curry hit a shot at the halftime buzzer that initially was ruled good, giving Toronto a 47-35 lead. But officials reviewed the shot on replay and overturned the call, taking the two points off the scoreboard. … New Orleans G David Wesley left the game for good in the fourth quarter after being taken down by Morris Peterson, from whom Wesley had stolen the ball. Peterson stumbled as he tried to hod Wesley up and landed on Wesley’s left foot. Hornets spokesman Harold Kaufman said Wesley had a sprained left bigtoe.

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 Toronto
J. Rose J. Rose
7-19,  20 Pts
9 Rebs, 6 Assists
 New Orleans
P. Brown P. Brown
4-13,  11 Pts
10 Rebs, 2 Assists

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