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New Orleans at Toronto

Raptors come back from 15 down in fourth, edge Hornets

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Chris Bosh said the Toronto Raptors would have lost a game like this last year.

Bosh scored a season-high 35 points, including a tying 3-pointer with 1:01 left, and the Raptors rallied from a 15-point fourth quarter deficit to win 90-88 over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.

Jose Calderon had four points and a block in the final 30 seconds for the Raptors. Toronto outscored New Orleans 26-9 over the final 7½ minutes.

"Last year we probably get down by 20 and put our heads down and that's a wrap," Bosh said. "That's the thing I like about this team. We keep our eyes on the prize."

The Raptors went 93-153 during Bosh's first three years in the league, but he's led them to a 21-22 record this season.

"It feels good to steal one. People steal ones from us all the time since I've been here, so it feels good for the tables to turn," Bosh said.

Bosh pumped his fists after his 3-pointer tied the score at 81. Calderon followed with a layup to give Toronto its first lead of the game with 28.4 seconds left. Bobby Jackson tried to drive past Calderon for a layup on the next play, but Calderon blocked his shot and followed with two free throws.

Jackson followed with a layup with 14.6 seconds left, but Bosh made two free throws with 13.8 seconds remaining to make it a four point lead. Bosh finished 11-for-19 from the field and 12-for-18 from the line.

"We didn't feel comfortable on the court. We didn't play a good basketball game, but if we fight for 48 minutes, we can win," Calderon said. "Sometimes you don't have to play good to win games."

Butler had 19 points for the Hornets, who lost in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Toronto won despite shooting just 18-for-27 from the line.

"They played hard for 4 minutes of the game," Jackson said of Toronto. "They just wanted it more."

The Raptors improved to 3-1 on their five-game homestand. Toronto won despite missing starting point guard T.J. Ford and No. 1 pick Andrea Bargnani.

The Hornets began the fourth on a 10-0 run capped by Devin Brown's 3-pointer, but Toronto followed with a 14-3 run to cut the lead to three. Peterson capped it with a 3-pointer.

Toronto outscored New Orleans 26-19 in the fourth.

"We were just soft," New Orleans coach Byron Scott said. "We took the bail out, just long jump shots, and that's a sign of a team on the road that just doesn't have a lot of confidence."

Notes

  • The Hornets are 6-14 on the road.
  • Bargnani, the No. 1 pick in the draft, missed the game because of a fever. Ford missed is second straight with a sore ankle.
  • The Hornets will play their next five games at home -- the opener against Sacramento in New Orleans on Friday night and then four games at Oklahoma City.
  • Calderon finished with 14 points and eight assists.
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Behind Chris Bosh's season-high 35, the Raptors mount a mammoth comeback vs. the Hornets.  (AP)
Behind Chris Bosh's season-high 35, the Raptors mount a mammoth comeback vs. the Hornets. (AP)

Scoreboard
NO/Okla. City (16-25) 3119191988
Toronto (21-22) «2222202690
NO:R. Butler 19 Pts
NO:D. West 11 Reb
NO:B. Jackson 6 Ast
TOR:C. Bosh 35 Pts
TOR:A. Parker 9 Reb
TOR:J. Calderon 8 Ast
Players of the Game
TorontoNew Orleans

C. Bosh

B. Jackson
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
35741766
New Orleans
T. Chandler, C363-42-35368
R. Butler, SF368-180-041319
D. West, PF364-111-211369
D. Mason, SF354-143-481011
D. Brown, SG336-161-171215
B. Jackson, PG296-124-466117
J. Pargo, PG131-30-02102
L. Johnson, SF123-40-03027
M. Jackson, PF50-10-03110
H. Armstrong, C50-00-00010
P. Stojakovic, SGDid Not Play
B. Bass, PFDid Not Play
C. Paul, PGDid Not Play
C. Simmons, PFDid Not Play
M. Vinicius, SFDid Not Play
Totals 35-8311-1449172288
 42.2%78.6% 
Toronto
C. Bosh, PF4611-1912-1874335
J. Calderon, PG425-114-528214
A. Parker, SF395-141-291012
J. Garbajosa, C303-100-01228
R. Nesterovic, C221-50-06022
M. Peterson, SG222-71-28127
J. Graham, SF152-50-02034
K. Humphries, PF143-60-04006
D. Martin, PG60-20-00100
F. Jones, SG41-10-01002
P. Sow, PFDid Not Play
T. Ford, PGDid Not Play
U. Slokar, PFDid Not Play
A. Bargnani, PFDid Not Play
P. Tucker, SGDid Not Play
Totals 33-8018-2740171490
 41.2%66.7% 
Other Games
Det 103 Final
Char 92
Mia 94 Final
Ind 96
Phi 118 Final
Cle 115
Atl 82 Final
Bos 76
Pho 112 Final
NY 107
Hou 90 Final
SA 85
Mem 132 Final
Utah 130
Min 98 Final
Port 101
Mil 106 Final
Sac 114
NJ 109 Final
GS 110