Mashburn scores Hornets' last six points

TORONTO (AP) -- Jamal Mashburn is again the Charlotte Hornets'
biggest weapon.

Mashburn, who missed 42 games this season because of injury, scored Charlotte's last six points Wednesday night as the Hornets beat the injury-depleted Toronto Raptors 78-77 Wednesday night.

In his first game back on Monday, Mashburn scored 22 points in a win at Milwaukee.

"I wanted to re-establish my role on this team," said
Mashburn, who missed three months with a lower abdominal strain.
"I just made up my mind that I was going to score."

Mashburn, the team's leading scorer last season, cut Toronto's
lead to two with 3:01 remaining with two free throws.

He then tied it with a jumper with 1:34 left and gave Charlotte the lead with a fadeaway jumper with 47 seconds remaining. He finished with 15 points.

"He's our go-to guy, we went to him late in the game and he came through," Charlotte coach Paul Silas said. "Even without his legs tonight, he still found a way to get the job done."

Elden Campbell added 18 and Baron Davis had 17 points for the
Hornets, who have won four of five since the All-Star break.

"Having Mash back has given us a big boost," Charlotte's
Jamaal Magloire said.

Toronto's Antonio Davis had a season-high 29 points and 14
rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost six straight since Vince
Carter went on the injured list with a quadriceps strain.

"We just don't have what we need to win games right now," Davis said.

Davis scored eight straight points as the Raptors, down by as many as 11 in the third quarter, took a 67-66 lead with 7:40 remaining in the fourth.

Campbell scored six consecutive points as Charlotte regained a one-point lead.

Morris Peterson followed with a tip-in, Davis made a dunk, and
Peterson hit a 3-pointer, giving Toronto a six-point lead with 4:59

But Magloire, a Toronto native, then made a layup to cut the
lead to four before Mashburn scored Charlotte's remaining points.

Toronto's Alvin Williams had a chance to tie with 28 seconds
remaining, but he made just one of two free throws. Williams also
had a chance for the victory, but he missed a jumper at the buzzer.

"It was hard for Alvin to get to the basket," Toronto coach
Lenny Wilkens said. "They made him make a tough shot."

Peterson added 17 points for the Raptors, who were also without Hakeem Olajuwon, Jerome Williams and Tracy Murray.

Toronto shot 30 percent in the first half as Charlotte led

Game notes
Murray missed the game because of back spasms. Toronto
center Mamadou N'diaye did not play in the second half because a
sore right calf. ... Canada's Olympic quarterfinal hockey game
against Finland was broadcast on the videoboard after the game. ...
Rapper Ja Rule sat courtside.


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