Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/4

Game 1: Wednesday, December 4th
Game 2: Sunday, January 5th
Game 3: Wednesday, January 29th
Game 4: Friday, March 28th

Hornets 101

(41-32, 16-21 away)

Raptors 92

(22-49, 14-21 home)

    Coverage: COX

    7:00 PM ET, March 28, 2003

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 25 32 21 23101
    TOR 26 23 25 1892

    Top Performers

    NO: B. Davis 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 11 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Tor: V. Carter 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Wilkens one loss from tying NBA record

    TORONTO (AP) -- Toronto's latest defeat put coach Lenny Wilkens in danger of reaching a dubious milestone.


    Jamal Mashburn scored 27 points and Baron Davis had 22 points and 11 assists as the New Orleans Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 101-92 Friday night.

    The loss put Wilkens within one of tying Bill Fitch's record of 1,106 losses, a mark Wilkens could reach at home Sunday against the New York Knicks.

    ``It doesn't bother me at all,'' said Wilkens, who also has more wins than any NBA coach (1,290). ``I think that I've accomplished more good things than others.''

    Vince Carter had 21 points for the lottery-bound Raptors, who have lost 10 of their last 12. Carter was kept on the bench by Wilkens for the first five minutes of the fourth quarter as the Hornets started pulling away.

    ``It's frustrating for anybody when you go and get a couple of baskets and you are out of the game,'' Carter said.

    With the loss, the Raptors were officially eliminated from the playoffs.

    ``It was going to be an outside shot anyway,'' Wilkens said.

    P.J. Brown added 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who swept the season series 4-0.

    Mashburn said his team didn't show up in the first quarter.

    ``We were kind of going through the motions,'' Mashburn said. ``At this time of year, you can get the attitude that you can show up and beat teams.''

    After Toronto's Rafer Alston shot an airball, Davis made a layup and a 3-pointer, giving New Orleans an 89-80 lead with 5:53 left. George Lynch's wide-open 3-pointer made it a 12-point lead with 3:45 remaining.

    Toronto's Antonio Davis had 16 points and six rebounds before leaving the game midway through the third quarter with a strained groin. He did not return.

    Carter made a reverse alley-oop dunk during a 14-4 run as Toronto took a 70-69 lead in the third quarter.

    Jerome Moiso had six points of his 12 points as the Hornets responded with a 13-4 run bridging the third and fourth quarters. Moiso's tip-in gave New Orleans an eight-point lead early in the fourth.

    Mashburn had 16 points, Davis 13 and Jamaal Magloire 10 to help New Orleans go up 57-49 at halftime.

    Game notes

    Magloire, who is from Toronto, got about 70 tickets for family and friends. He finished with 10 points and six rebounds. ... David Wesley didn't travel with the team because of a bruised left foot. ... Toronto's Morris Peterson had 17 points. ... The Hornets swept the season series against the Raptors for the first time in five years. ... New Orleans had a 52-38 rebounding advantage.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 92
    FGM-FGA 41-87 (.471) 35-87 (.402)
    3PM-3PA 8-15 (.533) 4-9 (.444)
    FTM-FTA 11-19 (.579) 18-22 (.818)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 23-52 17-38
    Assists 23 20
    Turnovers 17 11
    Steals 5 10
    Blocks 6 4
    Fast Break Points 12 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 20 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Baron Davis Davis
    Points: 22
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 21
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1