DeRozan scores 31, Vasquez hits in the clutch, as Raptors top Pelicans 107-100
Toronto Raptors forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) drives against New Orleans Pelicans center Greg Stiemsma, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
March 19, 2014 - 7:49 PM
NEW ORLEANS - DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points, Greivis Vasquez victimized his former team with six points in the last two minutes, and the Toronto Raptors defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 107-100 Wednesday night.
Kyle Lowry scored 23, Amir Johnson added 17 and Vasquez finished with 14 to help Toronto overcome a 14-point first-half deficit and snap a two-game skid. Tyler Hansbrough, playing additional minutes with starting centre Jonas Valanciunas sidelined by a sore back, grabbed 13 rebounds, seven on the offensive end.
The game was tied at 94 when Vasquez scored five straight points in a 36-second span on a running floater and a driving layup as he was fouled — the latter coming after Vasquez rebounded his missed jumper for one of Toronto's 22 offensive rebounds.
Al-Farouq Aminu had 19 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which was without All-Star Anthony Davis because of an illness.
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