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Hornets 85, Raptors 81: Defense Spurs Comeback

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The Hornets used their tried and tested formula- propping up a sputtering offense with stifling defense- to pick up their fifth win in a row.

On to some player notes:

  • David West has made a habit of carrying us against weaker teams, and he did it again tonight. He scored efficiently, played solid defense, and came up with the game clinching plays on both the offensive and defensive end in the final minute. Not much more we could've asked of him.
  • Emeka Okafor tied a franchise record with 12 offensive rebounds. Offensive rebounding was one of the Hornets' few offensive bright spots for this day game, and Okafor led the charge. Okafor had 12 of the team's 19 offensive boards. Strangely enough, New Orleans didn't do a very great job on the defensive glass, collecting just 70% of Toronto's misses.
  • Marco Belinelli wasn't too involved in his return. Willie Green and Marcus Thornton were pretty evenly given his (normal) minutes, a departure from the past two games where either Green or Thornton seemed to be featured at specific times.
  • Jarrett Jack- he's on the way up, folks!
  • It would have been nice to see either Peja or JBay play, but no such luck. Julian Wright was all right through.
  • Hornets are off tomorrow, with a home game against Memphis on Wednesday. Hope you all had productive MLK Days.