TORONTO (AP) -- Baron Davis didn't start, didn't finish and
didn't like it.
His team didn't win, either.
Vince Carter had 26 points, including a buzzer-beater from
beyond halfcourt at the end of the third quarter, and the Toronto
Raptors snapped a seven-game home losing streak with a 84-76
victory over the Hornets on Sunday.
Davis didn't start -- or play in the fourth quarter -- after
missing an 8:30 a.m. breakfast meeting.
"That's too early to eat breakfast," Davis said.
Davis went 3-for-12 from the field for six points in 24 minutes,
while Jamal Mashburn went 3-for-14 for nine points. Mashburn also
didn't play in the fourth quarter.
"I'm upset I didn't play in the fourth quarter. I play well in
the fourth quarter, that's when I pick it up," Davis said. "I
just felt like I didn't get a chance."
New Orleans coach Tim Floyd said he used his reserves because
they were playing well. He called his team's lack of passion
Toronto native Jamaal Magloire had a career-high 21 rebounds and
23 points for the Hornets, who have lost six of nine.
"We are not helping ourselves losing these kind of games.
You've got to be professional and bring it every game," said
Magloire, whose team is in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
"Every game from this point forward has playoff implications. We
don't want to start on the road in the playoffs."
Chris Bosh had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors, losers
of 11 of their previous 12 games.
Carter capped a 19-4 run in the third quarter by making a
41-foot 3-pointer off the backboard.
"I've never made one before," Carter said. "That was the
Bosh's dunk over Magloire gave Toronto a 16-point lead early the
fourth -- the Raptors' biggest lead of the game -- but Darrell
Armstrong and Steve Smith capped a 10-0 run with consecutive
3-pointers to cut the lead to six.
Bosh's layup gave Toronto a 82-74 lead with 1:12 remaining.
Magloire made two free throws with 55 seconds left, but Armstrong
missed two 3-pointers with less than 30 seconds remaining and
Carter made two free throws with 20 seconds left to close the
"They didn't play with energy to start the game and that helped
us," Toronto coach Kevin O'Neill said. "They didn't appear to be
on top of their game."
Magloire's previous career-high for rebounds was 20 against
Indiana on Feb. 12, 2003. ... Toronto began the day in 10th place
in the Eastern Conference, one-half game behind three teams tied
for the final two playoff spots. ... Toronto's Donyell Marshall had
14 points and 14 rebounds.
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