Gay's 20 points lead Raps to 102-89 win over Hornets
Toronto Raptors' Rudy Gay (right) shoots on New Orleans Hornets Al-Farouq Aminu during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Sunday February 10 , 2013. (Chris Young/ THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, February 10, 2013 8:55PM EST
TORONTO -- Rudy Gay had a game-high 20 points and Kyle Lowry added 14 points and 10 assists as the Toronto Raptors defeated the New Orleans Hornets 102-89 on Sunday.
John Lucas scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and Amir Johnson chipped in 14 points with seven rebounds as Toronto (19-32) won its second straight and improved to .500 at the Air Canada Centre this season (13-13).
Robin Lopez's 19 points led the Hornets (17-34), who lost for the first time in three games. New Orleans guard Greivis Vasquez had 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Jonas Valanciunas, who was making his first start since missing 18 games with a broken finger, had 11 points 10 rebounds for Toronto. Lowry's double double was his fourth of the season.
Lucas, who had just six points at half time, added three in the third quarter before breaking out for 10 in the fourth to match a season-high.
Toronto used a late 9-0 run in the second to take a 50-47 lead into halftime.
The Raptors opened the second quarter with an 11-point lead, which was quickly erased by the Hornets who went on a 10-0 run to start the period. The Hornets had 27 of their 47 first half points from the bench led by Brian Roberts, who finished the game with 15.
Toronto scored 10 of its first 24 points of the game off dunks highlighted by a monster, uncontested, one-handed jam by Gay.
Gay, who came in averaging 24.3 points since his trade from Memphis, became the first Raptor to have five straight games with 20-plus points since Andrea Bargnani (Dec. 28, 2011 - Jan. 4, 2012) last season.
Sunday marked the final between the Raptors and the Hornets franchise, who will be called the Pelicans beginning next season. Toronto also won their final game against the New Jersey Nets and Seattle Sonics before they changed their names.
Notes: Landry Fields dressed for the first time Sunday after missing three games with back spasms and finished with 4 points. ... Raptors Andrea Bargnani was a late scratch with flu-like symptoms. ... Blue Jays great Joe Carter took in the game from courtside.