Raptors beat Hornets 132-120 for second straight win

TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors have finally rediscovered their long-range shooting — and that led to Tuesday’s victory.

Pascal Siakam scored 28 points while OG Anunoby hit his career-high six three-pointers in a night of 22 points and the Raptors beat the Charlotte Hornets 132-120 to claim their second straight win.

Gary Trent Jr. had 24 points, while Precious Achiuwa had 13 points, Chris Boucher scored 12 points and Fred VanVleet scored 11 points for Toronto (18-23).

The Raptors, which entered their 29th game in the league in three-pointers – Charlotte finished last – have hit the top 20 three-pointers of the season, and are just short of their best three-pointer of the season. them (45.5% of their 3-point rate). best out of 46).

Terry Rozier scored 30 points to lead the Hornets (11-31), the second-worst team in the league.

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Having won 117-105 over Portland two nights earlier, breaking a three-game losing streak, the Raptors provided some momentum for Tuesday, scoring 50% from three points throughout the first half.

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Taking a two-point lead at the start of the fourth inning, the Raptors opened the half with a 11-5 scoreline marked by a three-pointer Boucher, giving them an eight-point lead. Anunoby hit three points in a row, then VanVleet drilled two in just over a minute to lead by 15 points with a score of 3:26.

A LaMelo Ball shot pulled the Hornets into the 10th round, but three from Trent, followed by a massive Anunoby pitch, all snuffed out the Hornets’ hopes of a win.

The Raptors and Hornets looked like the worst three-pointers of the league in the first quarter, shooting 11 to 17 combined from behind the arc. Siakam had three head-to-head and 14 points in a tight first half with no team leading by more than five points, and Toronto took a 35-34 lead to start the second half.

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Achiuwa, who had missed 19 of his previous 20 three-point attempts before Tuesday, won 3 to 3 in the second quarter, including a consecutive possession pair that took Toronto to five points. A Boucher dribble gave them a nine-point lead with half time remaining at 2:20, and Toronto led 72-66 after halftime.

The Hornets hit 61.1% in the third quarter, and their 13-2 score turned the Raptors’ nine-point lead into two. Toronto leads 96-94 with a quarter to play.

PORTER SURGERY: Otto Porter Jr. had to miss the rest of the season after surgery to repair a dislocated toe. Porter, who helped Golden State win the NBA championship last season, appeared in just eight games against the Raptors. He was sidelined early in the season with a hamstring injury, then dislocated his toe on November 14.

Coach Nick Nurse said: “When we tried to get him back active, trying to pick up the pace a little bit, he didn’t improve. “He went to a number of professionals and in the end, this was the permanent solution for him.”

AWARDS: The Raptors won the league’s NBA Inclusion Leadership Award for the 2021-22 season.

RED Carpet: Rapper J. Cole, who played five games for Scarborough Shooting Stars last summer, gave a press conference on Tuesday.

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NEXT: The Raptors reorganized the Hornets on Thursday, and then wrapped up their six full-season games on Saturday against Atlanta.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 10, 2023.

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