Hornets 110, Raptors 101, OT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Anthony Mason scored a career-high 31 points and had his second triple-double in the last three games to lead the Charlotte Hornets to a 110-101 overtime victory Friday night over the slumping Toronto Raptors.
Mason also had 14 rebounds and a season-high 11 assists. The Hornets scored eight straight points in overtime to clinch their fifth straight win and overtake Toronto for fifth place in the East.
Eddie Jones of the Hornets led all scorers with 32 points.
Vince Carter scored 31 points for the Raptors, who have lost six of their last seven games and now trail the Hornets by a half-game in the standings. He hit 12 of 30 shots.
Mason was the star of the game but also missed a last-second shot that would have won it for the Hornets in regulation.
Jones got the Hornets started in the overtime period with a jumper from the corner. After Carter tied it with a jumper, Mason got the Hornets started on the 8-0 run to seal the win.
After Charles Oakley fouled him, Mason hit both free throws. David Wesley followed that with a jumper and the Raptors never recovered.
Tracy McGrady scored 16 points for Toronto and Kevin Willis added 14.
Wesley had 18 points for the Hornets, who shot 49 percent from the field but were outrebounded 45-40.
Notes: The marquee matchup was a sellout at the Charlotte Coliseum, where paid attendance has averaged about 17,500. ... Jones was quoted in news reports as saying that the club’s uncertain arena future will be a factor when he decides whether to re-sign with Charlotte or pursue free agency. ... Hornets forward Derrick Coleman did not play because of an inflamed knee. ... The Raptors have lost nine of their last 11 games with Charlotte, including the last five in Charlotte.