Raptors 102, Hornets 89
: John Lucas scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and hit all five of his 3-point attempts as host Toronto beat New Orleans for a fourth straight time.
Rudy Gay scored a game-high 20 points, Kyle Lowry added 14 and 10 assists and Amir Johnson scored 14 for the Raptors, who earned a second consecutive win.
Robin Lopez scored 19 points for the Hornets while point guard Greivis Vasquez followed up his first career triple-double with 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists. No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis struggled to two points on 1-of-6 shooting.
After Brian Roberts completed a three-point play to cut the Raptors’ lead to 73-71 with 10:06 left, Toronto responded with a 10-3 run to surge back ahead. Lucas did the bulk of the damage, hitting consecutive jumpers before closing the spurt with a 3-pointer to give the Raptors an 84-74 edge with 7:28 minutes remaining.
Lucas hit his fifth 3-pointer minutes later as the lead swelled to 89-76. The Hornets would only get within 13 points the rest of the way.
Game Notebook: Raptors C Andrea Bargnani was not in uniform because of flu-like symptoms. … Toronto C Jonas Valanciunas recorded 11 points and 10 rebounds in the triumph. … The Hornets failed in their bid to win a third straight game.