Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/16

Game 1: Sunday, January 16th
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Game 2: Sunday, March 6th
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Raptors 95

(25-34, 7-23 away)

Hornets 84

(13-46, 10-19 home)

    Coverage: COX

    6:00 PM ET, March 6, 2005

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 24 29 24 1895
    NO 24 12 19 2984

    Top Performers

    Toronto: C. Bosh 33 Pts, 15 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk

    New Orleans: L. Nailon 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Bonner adds 18; Raptors end two-game losing streak

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Chris Bosh and Matt Bonner represent the future of the Toronto Raptors. On Sunday night, they gave their team a little hope for this season, too.

    Both produced career-high point totals -- with Bosh scoring 33 and Bonner 18 -- to help the Raptors end a two-game losing skid with a 95-84 victory over the New Orleans Hornets.

    "We had more movement and that gave Chris more room to operate down low and basically both him and Bonner played great," said Jalen Rose, who added 14 points for the Raptors. "They both had career games and we need that from those guys every night."

    Bosh, in his second season, and Bonner, a 6-foot-10 rookie, came through when the Raptors' slim playoff hopes could ill afford a loss to New Orleans, one of the worst teams in the league.

    Bosh grabbed 15 rebounds and went 9-of-10 from the foul line. He scored on a variety of mid-range jumpers and quick inside moves, setting his new career mark on a baseline drive in which he twisted in mid-air to softly drop the ball in from close range. The shot gave Toronto a 90-72 lead and sent a number of fans to the exits with more than 4 minutes to go.

    "You hit a lot of shots and you sense it. I was basically staying aggressive," Bosh said. "I made a couple jump shots and my up-fakes became effective and that opened up some drives for me."

    Bonner, coming off the bench, hit all four 3-pointers he attempted. Two came back-to-back after the Hornets opened the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run.

    "I was wide open. I would have gotten taken out of the game if I didn't take them," Bonner said. "It's just my teammates finding me when I was open. They made the extra pass and I made the open shots. That's all there is to it."

    Lee Nailon led the Hornets with 18 points, while reserves Bostjan Nachbar and Chris Andersen added 15 and 12 points, respectively.

    Toronto was 10-of-21 on 3-pointers and shot 46.6 percent overall, while New Orleans, plagued by poor shooting in the second and third quarters, shot 38 percent.

    "We should be much more aggressive just taking the ball to the hole instead of just passing the ball outside and not being dangerous inside," Nachbar said. "They were just waiting and clogging up the lane."

    After an even first quarter, the Hornets' accuracy vanished in the second period when they shot 5-of-24 from the field.

    The Raptors opened the period with a 12-2 run that gave them the lead for good. The outburst included 3s by Donyell Marshall and Bonner, as well as 16-foot fade and a pair of free throws by Bosh, who scored 18 in the first half.

    Bonner later added a follow dunk, then Rafer Alston and Rose each hit 3s in the last two minutes of the period, giving Toronto a 53-36 lead at halftime.

    Little changed early in the second half, as Bosh ignited a 13-2 run with a two-handed dunk and a jumper over Andersen. Rose capped the run with a fastbreak dunk, putting Toronto up 69-45 with 4:45 left in the third period.

    Game notes


    Morris Peterson left the game with a bruised left knee in the first half and did not return. He said he might be ready to play Monday night. ... Toronto (25-34) is 1-2 on a four-game road trip that concludes Monday night at Dallas. ... The Raptors are 7-23 on the road this season. ... New Orleans has lost five straight to Toronto dating back to last season. ... The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for New Orleans (13-46), which has not won three in a row this season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    TOR
    NO
    Points 95 84
    FGM-FGA 34-73 (.466) 32-84 (.381)
    3PM-3PA 10-21 (.476) 4-19 (.211)
    FTM-FTA 17-20 (.850) 16-18 (.889)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-40 12-43
    Assists 21 21
    Turnovers 15 15
    Steals 9 6
    Blocks 5 5
    Fast Break Points 6 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (2/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 24 6

    Top Performers

    Toronto
    New Orleans
    Chris Bosh Bosh
    Points: 33
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 2
    Lee Nailon Nailon
    Points: 18
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1