HORNETS AT RAPTORS PREGAME NOTES: “Toronto is the only NBA team that has scored as many or more fast-break points as their opponent in every game this season.”

RAPTORS NOTES • The Toronto Raptors look to extend their unbeaten streak at home tonight when they welcome the Charlotte Hornets to Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors are one of five NBA teams to remain undefeated at home this season, joining Utah (6-0), Boston (5-0), Miami (5-0) and Philadelphia (4-0). Toronto has won five of the last seven games vs. the Hornets with both of those losses coming in the last two meetings. Toronto only plays five of their 13 games in November at home.

• On Saturday night the Raptors outscored Dallas 19-7 in fast-break points. Toronto is the only NBA team that has scored as many or more fast-break points as their opponent in every game this season. The Raptors currently lead the NBA averaging 21.7 fast-break points through 12 games played.

• The Raptors rank second in the NBA in three-point shooting percentage (.399) trailing only Detroit (.405). Toronto also ranks second in the league in percentage of points from three pointers (38.5 per cent) behind the Houston (39.7). The Raptors have made 172 threes this season ranking third in the NBA.

Pascal Siakam has scored 30+ points for in five of his 12 games this season. He had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season after not reaching the 30-point mark in either of first two NBA seasons. Siakam finished with 15 points and seven assists Nov. 16 at Dallas.

Fred VanVleet has recorded 20+ points in three of the last four games after scoring 24 points Nov. 16 at Dallas. It marked the fourth time this season VanVleet has scored at least 20 points in a game after recording five games of 20+ points in 64 games last season. VanVleet has had at least four more assists than turnovers in each of the last seven games (Oct. 30 – Nov. 16). During this span, VanVleet has totaled 66 assists compared to just 17 turnovers.

• The Raptors currently rank first in the NBA in opponent field goal percentage (.406). Toronto has held its opponent below 40 per cent shooting from the floor five times this season. •

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson set season highs with 16 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes Nov. 13 at Portland – his 27th career double-double and first with the Raptors. Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 10.8 points and 6.8 rebounds over the last four games (Nov. 10-16) after being a DNP the previous five games.

ROOKIE REPORT: Matt Thomas scored a career-high 10 points Nov. 16 at Dallas … Thomas currently leads all rookies in the NBA with a .579 three-point shooting percentage (11-for-19) … ranks fourth among rookie in +/- rating … Davis has finished with a plus (or even) rating in each of the last seven games (Nov. 2-16) … Davis has scored in double figure twice this season. • CHARLOTTE CONNECTIONS: Charlotte Hornets centre Bismack Biyombo was part of the Raptors team that reached the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals … Biyombo averaged 5.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in 82 games during his lone season in Toronto (2015-16) … Former Raptors head coach Jay Triano is in his second season as an assistant with the Hornets … Charlotte assistant coach Nate Mitchell spent three seasons as an assistant with Raptors 905.

PROBABLE STARTERS

OG ANUNOBY #3 • Recorded eight points and five rebounds in 32 minutes of action Nov. 16 at Dallas. • Has scored 10 or more points six times, including a season-high 21 points Nov. 8 at New Orleans. • Ranks second in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (.525); has made multiple threes in six games.

F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43 • Finished with 15 points, three rebounds and a career high-tying seven assists in 41 minutes Nov. 16 at Dallas. • Has recorded five games of 30+ points; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season. • Ranked ninth in the NBA in scoring (26.2) and fourth in minutes per game (37.1). C – MARC GASOL #33 • Contributed six points, a team-high nine rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes Nov. 16 at Dallas. • Reached 12,000 career points in the NBA against the Mavericks on Saturday. • Has collected 10+ rebounds three times, including a season-high 12 rebounds Nov. 2 at Milwaukee.

G – NORMAN POWELL #24 • Scored a season and team-high 26 points Nov. 16 at Dallas; made a career-best six three-point field goals. • Averaging 14.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 30.6 minutes in four games as a starter. • Has scored in double figures in four of the last five games (Nov. 8-16); averaging 15.0 points during this stretch.

G – FRED VANVLEET #23 • Recorded 24 points, five rebounds and a team high-tying seven assists in 39 minutes Nov. 16 at Dallas. • Has recorded at least five assists in all 12 games this season – the longest streak of his career. • Ranks seventh in the NBA in assists (7.6) and second in minutes per game (38.5).

MORE NOTES

• The Raptors went 3–2 on their five-game west coast road trip (Nov. 8-16). It marked the first time the Raptors finished with a winning record on a road trip of five or more games – all against Western Conference teams – since November 2001, when they went 4–2 on a trip through Utah (W), Denver (L), Sacramento (L), Golden State (W), LA Clippers (W) and Phoenix (W).

Pascal Siakam was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Nov. 4-10 – earning the honour for the second time in his career. Siakam averaged team highs of 30.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in three victories. He posted at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in all three games, and tied his career high with 44 points Nov. 8 at New Orleans.

Kyle Lowry played his 500th game as a Raptor on Oct. 26 at Chicago. He is the fifth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat; joining DeMar DeRozan, Morris Peterson, Jose Calderon and Chris Bosh. Lowry is the longest-serving member of the Raptors – entering his eighth season with the club. His five All-Star Game appearances (2015-19), including two as a starter, are tied with Vince Carter and Bosh for the most in team history.

• Following Spain’s triumph at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, Marc Gasol became just the second player to win an NBA title and a FIBA world gold medal in the same year, joining Lamar Odom (2010). Gasol is a highlydecorated member of the Spanish National Team, helping the country capture nine medals since 2006.

Forwards Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson played one season together at Arizona (2014-15) prior to entering the 2015 NBA Draft. Johnson (13.8) and Hollis-Jefferson (11.2) ranked first and third, respectively, in team scoring that season. The duo helped the Wildcats reach the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament and captured the Pac-12 Championship. Arizona finished with a 34-4 record (.895) during the 2014-15 campaign.

• The Raptors won their first NBA Championship last June, defeating Golden State in the NBA Finals. In the 2019 postseason, Toronto went 16-8 while also eliminating Orlando, Philadelphia and Milwaukee – the top seed in the Eastern Conference. During the regular season, the Raptors won 58 games and set franchise records for points per game (114.4), assists per game (25.4), rebounds per game (45.2) and three-point field goals made (1,105).

Nick Nurse became the ninth first-year NBA head coach to win an NBA title, and first since Tyronn Lue in 2016. He is also the only head coach to have both an NBA and G League championship. Nurse won the G League title with Rio Grande Valley in 2013 and Iowa in 2011.

• Since the beginning of the NBA Lottery in 1985, the Raptors became the first team to capture the NBA title without a single lottery pick on their Finals roster. Toronto did have a lottery pick earlier in the year but traded former fifth overall selection Jonas Valanciunas to the Memphis Grizzlies for Marc Gasol. Greg Monroe, the seventh pick by Detroit in the 2010 NBA Draft, was also traded to Brooklyn at the trade deadline.

INJURY REPORT

Serge Ibaka (Right ankle sprain) – Out Kyle Lowry (Distal phalanx fracture – left thumb) – Out Patrick McCaw (Left knee surgery) — Out.

CHARLOTTE HORNETS LAST GAME’S STARTERS

0 MILES BRIDGES F • 6-6 • 225 • Michigan State PPG • 11.6 RPG • 5.1 APG • 2.2  Drafted 12th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft  Scored a career-high 20 points vs. BOS on 3/23  Scored 14 points along with six rebounds, three steals and a block in his first career start vs. WAS on 2/22
25 PJ WASHINGTON F • 6-7 • 236 • Kentucky PPG • 13.1 RPG • 5.8 APG • 1.5  Scored a franchise-record 27 points in his NBA debut on 10/23  Made an NBA-record seven threes in his first career game  Drafted 12th overall in the 2019 NBA draft

40 CODY ZELLER C • 6-11.8 • 240 • Indiana PPG • 12.4 RPG • 9.1 APG • 1.3  Missed 33 games due to injury in the 2018-19 season  Recorded a double double in each of his first four appearances this season – the first Charlotte player to do so since Okafor (05-06)

4 DEVONTE’ GRAHAM G • 6-1 • 195 • Kansas PPG • 18.8 RPG • 3.5 APG • 7.1  Collected a career-high 35 points along with four rebounds, six assists and three steals vs. IND (11/5)  Averaging a career-high 7.3 assists per game, ranking 8th among all players in the NBA this season.

3 TERRY ROZIER G • 6-1 • 195 • Louisville PPG • 16.9 RPG • 4.0 APG • 4.7
 Acquired by the Hornets on July 6, 2019  Spent first four seasons with the Boston Celtics  Career averages of 7.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 20.0 minutes per game .

HORNETS NOTES

3-TAE In the Hornets’ win over the Knicks on 11/16, Devonte’ Graham scored 29 points on 10-19 shooting, including a career-high nine made threes on 16 attempts. Graham’s final three-pointer of the game sealed the 103-102 victory with 2.1 seconds left in the game. Graham is averaging 3.5 three-point field goals per game, ranking seventh in the league this season.

COMEBACK KIDS In Charlotte’s defeat of the Knicks on 11/16 the Hornets trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half before securing the 103-102 win. In each of the Hornets’ six victories this season the team has trailed by ten-or-more points before coming back to secure a victory. Charlotte leads the league with the most double-digit comeback wins in the NBA this season, per Elias Sports.

UPTOWN MONK In the Hornets’ win over the Pistons on 11/15 reserve guard Malik Monk scored 19 points, including the game-winning shot. This follows a game in which Monk scored a season-high 20 points along with five assists and a career-high tying eight rebounds in 29 minutes (11/13). Monk scored 15-ormore points in three-straight games (11/10 – 11/15) – a career-long streak of such games.

DEVONTE’ DOUBLE DOUBLE In Charlotte’s 109-106 win over Detroit on 11/15 Devonte’ Graham finished with 19 points, ten assists and five rebounds. This is Graham’s fourth points-assists double double of the season and his career. Graham’s four points-assists double doubles have him tied with Phoenix’s Rubio for the fifth-most in the NBA this season.

HIVE HUSTLE Through 13 games both rookie Cody Martin and Devonte’ Graham have drawn six charges, tied with only each other for the fifth-most charges drawn in the league this season.

STOP AND SMELL THE ROZES In Charlotte’s loss to Memphis on 11/13 Terry Rozier scored a career-high tying 33 points (last: at SAC, 3/25/18), on 13-21 shooting, including a season-high seven three pointers on 12 attempts (prev: three, done multiple times). Rozier scored 18 of his 33 points in the first half of the loss alone, the highest first-half points total by any Charlotte player this season. This is Rozier’s third career game of 30-or-more points and the second by any Hornets player this season.

CHARLOTT3 HORN3TS Through 13 games the Hornets are shooting 36.8% from three, good for eighth-best in the league and are ninth in three pointers made per game with 12.9. In the 10/23 win over the Bulls the Hornets connected on a franchise-record 23 three-point field goals on 44 attempts (prev: 22 at CLE, 4/9/19). The 23 threes in the season opener are the most by any NBA team in their season debut (prev: 19, done multiple times).

TEN-GAME TOTALS Through the first ten games of the 2019-20 season (10/23 – 11/10) Devonte’ Graham recorded 179 points, 76 assists, 36 rebounds and nine steals. Graham is the first player in NBA history to record 175-or-more points and 75-or-more assists off the bench through the first ten games of his season.

SCARY TERRY In his first year with the Hornets Terry Rozier is averaging career highs in points (17.0), assists (4.9), steals (1.3) and blocks (0.3) in 32 minutes per game. Rozier recorded 20-or-more points in a career-long streak of three straight games (10/30 – 11/5). Rozier has scored 15-or-more points in eight of his 12 appearances this season.

THREE-J WASHINGTON Through 13 games PJ Washington ranks third among all rookies in total threes made (22), third in threes per game (1.7) and is shooting 50.0% from three – second-highest percentage among all rookies (min: ten attempts). In the season-opening win over Chicago on 10/23, PJ Washington scored 27 points on 9-17 shooting, including 7-11 from three. The rookie’s seven three-point field goals set an NBA record for three pointers by a rookie in his career debut (prev: 5, done twice).

SWARMING HORNETS The Hornets have made a conscious effort to get out in transition this year and are taking 16.1% of all their field goals in transition this year, good for eighth-most in the league. Devonte’ Graham is leading the Hornets efforts adding 2.9 points per 100 possessions in transition.

PJ PARTY In Charlotte’s 11/10 loss to the Sixers Hornets rookie PJ Washington scored 15 points, along with four rebounds and four steals. Washington is the first Charlotte rookie to record 15-or-more points and four-or-more steals in a game since DJ Augustin (12/12/08). Washington joins Philadelphia’s Matisse Thybulle and New York’s RJ Barrett as the only three rookies to log four-or-more steals in a single game this year.



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