Siakam, Raptors beat Hornets 116-101 for 6th straight win
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – Pascal Siakam had 24 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Charlotte Hornets 116-101 Monday night for a sixth straight win.
Gary Trent Jr scored 24 points, and Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby each had 20 points for the Raptors, who have started eight out of nine games on the road with a convincing win. Scottie Barnes added 15 points as the Raptors starters took all but 13.
Miles Bridges scored 25 points to lead the Hornets, who had lost their fifth game in a row. Charlotte struggled with another poor offensive performance, shooting 41.1% from the field and 22.5% from three points.
LaMelo Ball, who was named the All-Star game substitute hours before the game, finished with 15 points and 9 assists for the Hornets.
Siakam, the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week, scored in the first half, scoring 6/9 from the floor to take 14 with 6 rebounds and 5 assists as the Raptors 23 points ahead.
Charlotte dropped its lead to three in the third quarter after getting a big boost from Terry Rozier and PJ Washington, but appears to have run out of gas. Rozier finished with 20 points.
The Raptors ended the game with two minutes left behind by Anunoby after a breakaway clearance from Anunoby.
The struggling Hornets, who are without Cody Martin and James Bouknight due to injury, lost Gordon Hayward in the game after he sprained his left ankle in the first half. Hayward has struggled since missing six games in COVID-19 protocol, taking just 3 of 23 shots from the field. However, coach James Borrego counted on him to help a youth team out of a slump.
Charlotte struggled with the length of the Raptors, turning the ball nine times in the first half, leading to 14 points for Toronto.
Toronto entered the game averaging 118 points in their five-game winning streak, and didn’t miss a beat against the Hornets. It marked the 10th consecutive game the Raptors scored at least 100 points.
Raptors: Shot 42.9% (15 of 35) from a 3-point range. … Only 19 out of 29 free throws were taken.
Hornets: Beats the Raptors 58-48 in paint color. … Kelly Oubre got 0 points 8 from long range, but got 17 points. … Lost 0-3 at home in their four matches.
Raptors: In Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.
Hornets: Host the Bulls on Wednesday night.
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