Pelicans done in by late Raptor charge

Duane Watson
The Pelicans' Tyreke Evans. Photo by NBA.com.

The last time the Raptors and Pelicans met, Kyle Lowry had a double-double of 14 points and 10 assists in a 102-89 Raptors win. Tonight, he had a double-double of 19 points and 12 assists, six of which he notched in the decisive fourth quarter.

The Toronto Raptors (27-24) won their sixth game in a row against the New Orleans Hornets (22-29) 108-101. The Raptors returned to the friendly confines of Air Canada Centre from a five-game road trip, where they have now won nine of their last eleven games.

The Raptors were able to play strong in the first and third quarters, while the Pelicans and their bench rallied in the third and fourth. However, a 13-3 run with over six minutes left in the game by Toronto put the game out of reach for good as they led 98-89.

Patrick Patterson scored a season-high 22 points, inserted into the starting line-up for Amir Johnson, who was sidelined with a sore right ankle. DeMar DeRozan also added 22 points, while Lowry chipped in with a double-double of 19 points and 12 assists.

The Pelicans were led by Tyreke Evans' double-double of 23 points and 10 assists. Anthony Davis chipped in 19 points and seven rebounds, and Brian Roberts added 18.

The Pelicans' inability to take care of the basketball was key, with 15 turnovers leading to 24 Raptor points, their runs in the game were compromised with their inability to take care of the ball.

The game sea-sawed from quarter to quarter, but the Raptors jumped out on a 15-3 run with 6:35 left in the fourth, behind Lowry and Tyler Hansbrough to extend their lead to 102-89 and put the game away for good.