NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Charlotte 25 31 18 22 96
Toronto 26 34 32 40 132
4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT22:30 , November 18, 2019
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 19,800

Weary Raptors return home to face Hornets

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Charlotte Hornets at Toronto Raptors

  1. Toronto dropped two of three to Charlotte in 2018-19, one of only three Eastern Conference teams it had a losing record against during its championship season (Det, 0-3; Mil, 1-3).
  2. Following a 3-2 trip, the Raptors return to Toronto, where they are 4-0 and averaging 120.8 points. They are averaging 13.5 more points per game at home than on the road for the largest increase in the NBA.
  3. The Raptors are averaging a league-leading 21.7 fast-break points, which would best last season's mark of 18.4 for the best by the franchise since fast-break points began being tracked in 2000-01. Toronto is 6-0 when scoring at least 20 points in transition and 2-4 when scoring 19 or fewer.
  4. Fred VanVleet scored 24 in Saturday's 110-102 loss at Dallas, and is averaging 21.3 points vs. Western Conference teams compared to 12.6 against East clubs. That decrease of 8.7 points is the third-largest drop-off in the NBA from own conference to opposing conference (min. 70% of team games played).
  5. The Hornets beat the Knicks 103-102 on Saturday on Devonte' Graham's 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds remaining a night after a 109-106 win over the Pistons on Malik Monk's 3 at the buzzer. Charlotte leads the NBA with four wins in games decided by three points or less, and is 4-1 in such games. It had the league's third-worst record in games decided by three or less last season at 6-10.
  6. Graham ended with nine 3-pointers Saturday -- one shy of Kemba Walker's single-game franchise record -- to give him 46 3s on the season. He joins Walker from last season as the only Hornets to have hit at least 40 3-pointers through 13 games played in a season.

The Charlotte Hornets rallied late to win their past two games, but that could be more difficult to do when they visit the NBA champion Toronto Raptors on Monday night.

The Hornets defeated the Detroit Pistons on Friday and the New York Knicks on Saturday on 3-pointers in the final seconds.

The Raptors, meanwhile, used strong defense against the oppositions' top scorers to go 3-2 on a road trip against Western Conference teams without injured Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka.

The Raptors finished the trip Saturday with a 110-102 loss to the Dallas Mavericks after getting within two points with 2:08 to play on a layup by Noman Powell. But Luka Doncic, who had 26 points, sank a floater and Seth Curry made two free throws as Dallas pulled away.

"They are a good team and they played some good defense but I think at stretches we kind of found ourselves in a little mud and I think that had to do with the long road trip," said Powell, who scored a season-best 26 points. "Guys were ready to get home, but I think we stayed with it and fought to the end."

Devonte' Graham hit his career-best ninth 3-point shot of the game Saturday with 2.8 seconds to play as the Hornets defeated the Knicks 103-102 in the opener of a four-game trip.

The Hornets defeated the Detroit Pistons 109-106 Friday at home on Malik Monk's buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Charlotte lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 119-117 on Wednesday on a layup by Ja Morant with 0.7 seconds left.

The Hornets are learning to play without star guard Kemba Walker, who went to the Boston Celtics on a sign-and-trade in the offseason.

Walker had been the key to the Hornets' offense for the past several seasons. They are compensating for his loss with guards Terry Rozier -- who came from Boston in the trade for Walker -- Graham and Monk.

"Our goal is to play with multiple ball-handlers, multiple playmakers," Hornets coach James Borrego said. "It didn't matter who had the ball, we had three decision-makers who could put pressure on the rim, shoot the 3-ball and make plays for others. That's tough to guard anytime you put that type of pressure on the defense."

The Hornets got three points, nine rebounds, six assists and 29 minutes from Nicolas Batum on Saturday in his return from a fractured finger. Dwayne Bacon did not play for the third straight game because of a sore knee.

The Raptors were showing signs of fatigue Saturday and Pascal Siakam had an off night with 15 points on 6-for-24 shooting with five turnovers.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 17, 2019

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