The Toronto Raptors bought one other huge carry from their bench and received consecutive video games for the primary time this season.
Chris Boucher, Kyle Lowry and Fred Van Fleet transformed eight straight free throws within the closing two minutes Saturday evening, serving to Toronto beat the Charlotte Hornets 116-113.
Norman Powell led the Raptors with 24 factors, and Boucher added 20 factors and 9 rebounds. Both got here off the bench.
“I think we’re starting to understand what we have to do,” stated Powell, who performed 28 minutes and made six 3-pointers. “Guys are getting more comfortable with the flow of the game. That’s what you try to do early in the season.”
Gordon Heyward scored 25 factors and Terry Rozier added 24 for the Hornets, losers of three straight, two of them in opposition to the Raptors within the final three nights. P.J. Washington completed with 14 factors and 12 rebounds, and Devonte Graham had 20 factors and 7 assists.
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The Hornets had an opportunity to tie or take the lead however have been known as for a 24-second violation with 14.8 seconds left.
Van Fleet’s two free throws with 13.3 seconds left put the Raptors up 114-110, and after Graham’s 3-pointer introduced Charlotte inside some extent, Boucher answered with two free throws.
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Rozier missed an extended 3-point attempt simply earlier than the ultimate horn.
After lacking eight of their first 9 photographs and falling behind 14-2, the Raptors bought the 3s to drop, as seven gamers hit 13 from lengthy distance within the first half. They completed 21 for 49 from behind the arc and shot 41.9% total after beginning every half 1 for 9.
“We’re probably thinking too much a little bit. We’ll figure it out,” stated beginning ahead OG Anunoby, who had 18 factors and 5 rebounds.
The Raptors led by 12 factors earlier than the Hornets completed the half on a 14-4 spurt, trimming Toronto’s result in 66-64 on Rozier’s 34-foot buzzer-beating shot.
Heyward scored 21 factors within the first half on solely eight photographs.
Graham and Bismack Biyombo scored the primary 9 factors of the second half for Charlotte. Then Boucher, Toronto’s hottest participant, was known as for his fourth private foul with 7:40 left within the third quarter.
Boucher sat out the remainder of the interval, however offered the Raptors with an enormous defensive and rebounding enhance within the fourth quarter.