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Raptors Rapid Recap: Toronto 98 – New Orleans 92

- The Raptors pulled out a victory with some good defense, some key blocks from Andrea Bargnani and three players with double-digit rebounding numbers.  The Raptors out rebounded the Hornets 52-50 despite giving the Hornets an 18-12 edge in offensive rebounding. 

- Once again, it was Toronto's "energy unit" led by Amir Johnson which really kept this game from getting out of hand.  The Raptors still took too many outside shots against a team that doesn't really have a good inside presence.  We'll discuss it further in the recap.

- CP3 was hampered by a re-injury of his ankle which probably slowed down New Orleans's offense for the game.  However, Chris Paul did return to give his team a fighting chance.  The Raptors just wouldn't let him completely take over, thanks to some great work by *gasp* Marcus Banks!

- Peja Stojakovic shot a horrible 4-15 and the Hornets were only 3-21, missing several wide-open 3s.  Not sure if you can say that it was the Raptors' defense rather than the Hornets' ineptitude, but it was a major contributing factor to the Hornets' loss this afternoon

-And finally, Morris Peterson came home to a standing ovation.  Classy move Toronto.  He's a guy that you would love sitting next to Alvin Williams as an assistant one day.