Clippers’ egalitarian effort nets big win over Nuggets — Press Telegram

LOS ANGELES — The Clippers put a 132-103 smackdown on the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. But little good that did you if your fantasy basketball team was depending on members Doc Rivers’ team to significantly stuff the stat sheet. Unless your rotisserie team needed 3-pointers (Paul George had six) or blocks (Montrezl Harrell came…

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Clippers Strike Fear In Western Conference (VIDEO) — NITEFALL MEDIA

by Chris Camello (@chris_camello) LOS ANGELES – It took some time for the Los Angeles Clippers to get everyone healthy. The season has been filled with injured players, load management, and some late additions. It even appeared the sky was falling, when they lost three straight and four of five overall earlier this month. However, […]

Clippers Strike Fear In Western Conference (VIDEO) — NITEFALL MEDIA

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In recent weeks, Jayson Tatum has been on a tear. He has been one of the most impressive players in the NBA recently and I will be the first to admit that I did not see this coming. Before the start of the NBA season, BS Scouting listed our top 22 players under the age […]

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The Tacko Fall takeover has become one of the most entertaining storylines of the 2019-20 NBA season. The Boston Celtics center has been living it up the past month. He attended NBA All-Star Weekend and even was featured in the dunk contest alongside runner-up Aaron Gordon, who jumped over the 7-foot-5 Fall. On Friday night,…

Watch Celtics’ Tacko Fall Meet WWE’s John Cena Backstage At SmackDown — NESN.com

CANUCKS AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: John Tavares is tied for 20th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (17).- Has 18 points (8-8-16) in 14 games during the month of February.- Tied for 15th in faceoff wins (564)- Had three points (2-1-3) in the first meeting between Toronto and Vancouver on December 10.- Has recorded 12 points (6-6-12) in 11 games against Pacific Division teams.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS (34-23-6 – 74 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (34-23-8 – 76 Points)

FEBRUARY 29, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET/HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA ▪

RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus VANCOUVER

ALL-TIME RECORD:60-62-22-3 (147 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:34-25-11-1 (71 Games)
2019-20:1-0-0
LAST FIVE:3-1-1
LAST 10:6-2-2

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus VANCOUVER

GAMES PLAYED:Kyle Clifford (38), Jake Muzzin (32), Jason Spezza (27)
GOALS:John Tavares (9), Jason Spezza (6), Three players tied (4)
ASSISTS:Tyson Barrie (11), Jason Spezza (10), John Tavares (10)
POINTS:John Tavares (19), Jason Spezza (16), Tyson Barrie (15)
PENALTY MINUTES:Kyle Clifford (61), Jake Muzzin (24), Morgan Rielly (9)

MAPLE LEAFS – CANUCKS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOVANCOUVER
GOALS FOR (Rank):228 (1st)206 (11th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       212 (28th)192 (12th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):43/177 [24.3%] (4th)54/220 [24.6%] (3rd)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):138/180 [76.7%] (26th)159/198 [80.3%] (t-16th)
SHOTS (Rank):2142 (4th)1963 (22nd)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):3241 (3rd)2763 (24th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.2% (6th)48.3% (22nd)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.7% (3rd)54.1% (2nd)

MAPLE LEAFS – CANUCKS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:October 11, 1970 (Vancouver 5, Toronto 3)
All-Time Record:60-62-22-3 (147 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:34-25-11-1 (71 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:26-37-11-2 (76 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent at Home:January 5, 2019 (Toronto 5, Vancouver 0)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. CANUCKS

Kyle CliffordFirst NHL game (Oct. 9, 2010 (LAK) at VAN)
Travis DermottFirst NHL game (Jan. 6, 2018 vs. VAN)
First NHL point (Assist) (Jan. 6, 2018 vs. VAN)
Mitch Marner200th NHL game (Jan. 5, 2019 vs. VAN)
Jake MuzzinFirst NHL game (Oct. 9, 2010 (LAK) at VAN)
First NHL point (Assist) (Oct. 15, 2010 (LAK) at VAN)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS44 (Matthews)
ASSISTS47 (Marner)
POINTS76 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS24 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs40 (Muzzin)
SHOTS265 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%55.7% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %54.9% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS110 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS72 (Matthews)
HITS109 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:06 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS SNAPSHOTS

Faceoffs– The Maple Leafs rank third among NHL teams in faceoff win percentage (52.7%) and are second among NHL teams in offensive zone faceoff win percentage (54.0%).
Goals by Strength– The Maple Leafs hold the NHL lead in goals scored at 5-on-5 (154).
Goals by Period– Toronto is tied for second in the NHL in goals scored in the second period (84) and are tied for sixth in the NHL in goals scored in the third period (75).
Power Play– The Maple Leafs are the lone NHL team to score at least 40 power play goals (43) with fewer than 180 power play opportunities (177).
Penalty Kill– Toronto has been shorthanded 180 times this season, which is the eighth-fewest times shorthanded in the NHL.
Scoring First– Toronto has a .767 win percentage when scoring first, which is tied for the fifth-highest in the NHL.

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for third among NHL goaltenders in wins (27).- Ranks third in the NHL in saves (1,347).- Has a save percentage of .914 in 20 games played on one day rest.- Is 9-2-5 with a 1.52 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage in 16 career games against Vancouver.
Tyson Barrie– Has seven multi-assist games, which is tied for eighth-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (11).
– Averages 14.57 shot attempts per game at 5-on-5, which is the fourth-highest average among NHL defencemen who have played in at least 50 games.- Ranks 18th among NHL defencemen in 5-on-5 time on ice per game (18:14).
Jack Campbell– Has a 3-0-1 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.40 goals-against average since being acquired by the Maple Leafs.
Kyle Clifford– Seventh among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.5%).
– Averages 14.88 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks 17th among left wingers.- Ranks 9.76 hits per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks 33rd among NHL skaters.
Pierre Engvall– Ninth among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.5%). – Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 52.7 percent at 5-on-5, which is the eighth highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games.- Ranks fifth among rookie forwards in 5-on-5 shot attempts per 60 minutes (13.62).
Justin Holl– Has started the eighth-lowest percentage of his 5-on-5 shifts (42.7%) in the offensive zone among right-handed defencemen.- Ranks second in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (52.0%) among NHL defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (42.7%).- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.6%) among NHL defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (42.7%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
Zach Hyman– Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.78).- Fourth among Toronto forwards in even-strength time on ice per game (16:04).- Ranks second among Toronto forwards in shorthanded time on ice per game (1:48).
Kasperi Kapanen– Has drawn 18 penalties this season and taken eight, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+10) and ranks tied for 23rd among NHL forwards.- Ranks fourth among Maple Leafs and 11th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.28) at 5-on-5.
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks second among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.32) at 5-on-5.- Tied for seventh among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (8-17-25).- Tied for second among Maple Leafs in primary assists at 5-on-5 (11).
Mitch Marner– Ninth among NHL skaters in assists (48).- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the sixth-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.17 points per game, which is tied for the 15th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.84 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is fifth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games.- Tied for eighth in the NHL in primary assists (30).- Ranks fifth among NHL forwards in time on ice per game (21:28)
Auston Matthews– Second among NHL skaters in goals (44).- Leads the NHL with 33 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (27).- Second in the NHL in wrist shot goals (26).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Tied for fifth in the NHL in multi-point games (24).- Ranks 11th among NHL skaters in points (44-32-76).- Fourth in the NHL with 259 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Leads the Maple Leafs and is tied for fifth among NHLers in game-winning goals (7).- One of 11 NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:31) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.25).- Tied for eighth in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (19).- Ranks seventh among NHL forwards who average 14:00 per game (14:31) in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.9%).
Rasmus Sandin– Ranks 10th among rookie defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games in points per 60 minutes of ice time (0.92) at 5-on-5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.1 percent, which ranks fourth among rookie defencemen who have skated in at least 10 games.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.13 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the fourth-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 0.83 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks fourth among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 1.30 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the third-highest average among Toronto skaters.
John Tavares– Tied for 20th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (17).- Has 18 points (8-8-16) in 14 games during the month of February.- Tied for 15th in the NHL in faceoff wins (564)- Had three points (2-1-3) in the first meeting between Toronto and Vancouver on December 10.- Has recorded 12 points (6-6-12) in 11 games against Pacific Division teams.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Mitch MarnerHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas assists (2) and points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.
William NylanderHas goals (2) in two consecutive games and points (3-3-6) in five consecutive games.
Jason SpezzaHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.
John TavaresHas points (3-3-6) in four consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach HymanThree games from 300 NHL games
Kasperi KapanenThree games from 200 NHL games
Mitch MarnerFive games from 300 NHL games
Jason SpezzaOne assist from 600 assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

William Nylander300th NHL game (February 22 vs. Carolina)
  

INJURY REPORT

Cody Ceci (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Andreas Johnsson (Knee)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Jake Muzzin (Hand)Sustained a broken hand on February 25 at Tampa Bay.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 177

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

February 26Recalled defenceman Calle Rosen from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 24Loaned defenceman Kevin Gravel to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 24Acquired forward Matt Lorito from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenceman Jordan Schmaltz.
February 24Acquired Vegas’ 2020 fifth-round pick in a three-team trade with Chicago and Vegas in exchange for forward Martins Dzierkals.
February 24Recalled defenceman Kevin Gravel from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 24Acquired defenceman Calle Rosen from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for goaltender Michael Hutchinson.
February 22Acquired forward Miikka Salomaki from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenceman Ben Harpur.
  

Celtics’ Marcus Smart Surprisingly Leads the NBA In This Type Of Shot — NESN.com

Most Boston Celtics fans probably have shared a similar experience while watching Marcus Smart play over the last six seasons. He pulls up for a 3-pointer, you cringe at the shot selection based on his track record from beyond the arc, and as the ball hits its highest trajectory and falls towards the hoop, he…

Celtics’ Marcus Smart Surprisingly Leads the NBA In This Type Of Shot — NESN.com

He pulls up for a 3-pointer, you cringe at the shot selection based on his track record from beyond the arc, and as the ball hits its highest trajectory and falls towards the hoop, he sinks it and surprises you. Maybe the first four years of his career will forever prevent people from considering him a shooter, but believe it or not, he leads the NBA in one specific type of triple. Twitter user @statcenter looked into the best 3-point shooters off the dribble (per 100+ attempts) and found that Smart’s 42.2 percent was tied with J.J. Redick to lead the NBA. That’s pretty good company. MassLive’s Tom Westerholm asked Celtics coach Brad Stevens about what the tipping point was for Smart. “I think the biggest thing — and we’ve talked about this ad nauseum — when he’s got a good look, take the good ones, and he’s done a pretty good job of that,” Stevens said. “Obviously had some big scoring games, but he’s not forcing that. And I think that’s important, because when you force the tough ones off the dribble, that’s when your percentage will go way down.” Off the dribble or the pass, Smart’s gotten much better from deep. The improvement can be traced back to when Smart signed a four-year contract extension with Boston before the 2018-19 season. He shot a career high 36 percent from three last season, and currently sits at 35.9 percent. He’s made 109 of 306 attempts from beyond the arc so far this year compared to last season’s breakout year of 126 triples on 346 tries. He’s improved every year since the 2015-16 season, where he finished with a career-low 3-point average of 25.3 percent, per the NBA’s stat site. When it comes to catch-and-shoot 3-pointers, Smart is hitting 32 percent of his 194 attempts. Though he says throwing up a trey off a pass is easier for him, Smart explained to Westerholm why he likes shooting off the bounce. “I’m able to get my rhythm even more,” Smart said. “Catch and shoot, you’ve got to generate your own rhythm, whereas with the ball, you kind of got a pace. You can kind of feel it. But catch and shoot is easier for me. For some guys, it’s harder because you have to generate that, but for me that’s catch and shoot and let it fly. But I love shooting off the dribble, just because I’m able to get a rhythm that way as well.” Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images

Read more at: https://nesn.com/2020/02/celtics-marcus-smart-suprisingly-leads-the-nba-in-this-type-of-shot/

Healthy Clippers crush Nuggets in clash of contenders — Daily News

The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard is fouled by the Nuggets’ Jerami Grant as he shoots during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, right, shoots as Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb.…

Healthy Clippers crush Nuggets in clash of contenders — Daily News

HORNETS 99, RAPTORS 96–What they said: “We had great looks. It’s two games in a row we’ve struggled shooting. We were minus Freddie tonight, minus Serge tonight and again without Marc. Norm gave us a big boost coming in. Pascal missed a couple. We have to be a little bit better offensively, but I think we got great shots. We just missed a lot. In the last two games we’ve missed a lot of shots.” –KYLE LOWRY.

(21-38) CHARLOTTE HORNETS, 99 VS. (42-17) TORONTO RAPTORS, 96 SCOTIABANK ARENA FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020

TORONTO RAPTORS QUOTES

NICK NURSE (HEAD COACH)

How did the shooting woes tonight impact the game? We put ourselves in a position to win; we sure did. We did put ourselves in a position to win, even though we didn’t shoot it very well, we were dominating the fourth quarter. We had our chances.

How did you see that last play? I didn’t see it. I didn’t see it. I was looking at something else.

What do you think of the team’s play with several players missing? It was difficult. The glass was hard. They were pounding us pretty hard on the glass. I thought, again, the big thing when you’re shifting around a lot is it’s going to look disjointed at times and it did. I thought we found some chemistry. I always say it will grow during the game even though it’s only one game. It will grow it a little bit. I thought we found some things and they made some big shots down the stretch. We bottled them up really well and they threw some deep ones and the ball sure bounced their way. We made some really good defensive plays that didn’t turn out very good for us.

Did you plan to play Norman that much? I didn’t think those guys on the bench were what they needed to be tonight. It was hard. There was nothing from Terence and Matt. Chris had a good second stint. It was hard. I ran a lot of those guys a lot of minutes. I would’ve liked to have balanced that out a little bit, but I didn’t feel like we could. I just didn’t think we could.

What did you think of Norman’s play? Yeah, I thought he was good. I think it was tough for him. I think the conditioning probably was tough, but he played great, I thought. He looked pretty good out there.

How hard was it to overcome the lack of size on the boards? It was problematic for a while. It felt like we were giving up some offensive rebounds, but I’m not so sure we didn’t do a pretty good job. They were hard to get. Every defensive rebound we got was like a battle down there. I think we did a pretty good job. We got most of them. We did give up some; it just looked like a challenge. It probably wears on you a little bit when you’re having to work that hard just to keep all those guys living in the paint off the glass a little bit.

PASCAL SIAKAM (24 points, nine rebounds and four assists)

On a tough night offensively… Obviously I was missing everything; layups, free throws, I mean something was going on, threes. At the same time we put ourselves in a position to be in the game and gave ourselves an opportunity to win.

Were you happy with the looks you were getting? Yeah, I think we had pretty good looks. I think in the second half we got a little better. At the same time, we couldn’t get in rhythm. It’s hard to play like that. Our defence was pretty good. We got stops. We shot a lot of free throws. I think overall, when shots are not falling we have to find other ways. We did a decent job of staying in the game and having an opportunity to win.

Did you decide in the second half to work the basket? I had to do something. It’s not like I shot a lot of threes. I think I shot five threes. I was just missing a lot of layups. I was just like, “I’m just going to keep driving. Whatever happens, happens.” Obviously, we missed a lot of free throws. I’m not happy about that. At the same time, it was one of those games and you’ve got to continue to find ways to impact the game. Find ways to continue to play. It happens. It’s just one of those games. We have to continue to get better. We know that. We just flush this one out. We try to go out in the next one and play better.

KYLE LOWRY (21 points, six assists, six rebounds)

Was it a matter of shots not falling tonight? We had great looks. It’s two games in a row we’ve struggled shooting. We were minus Freddie tonight, minus Serge tonight and again without Marc. Norm gave us a big boost coming in. Pascal missed a couple. We have to be a little bit better offensively, but I think we got great shots. We just missed a lot. In the last two games we’ve missed a lot of shots.

Did the lack of size hurt on the board tonight? I think we need our bigs there. I think Rondae did a great job of trying to battle. We just didn’t have the complete effort tonight.

On losing back-to-back games… No. It hurts. You don’t want to ever lose, but we gotta grow from it. We’ve got to learn from it. We’ve got a big trip coming up for us to kind of get back to being a team, being a group and being together. This is a great chance for us to get out there on the road and take it day-by-day and game-by-game.

CHARLOTTE HORNETS QUOTES

JAMES BORREGO (HEAD COACH)

On the defensive and rebounding effort tonight… It was one of our best defensive performances and rebounding games of the season. Very hostile environment, they are a fantastic team, a well-coached team; they know what they are doing. So this is a big time win for us. To hold them to 34 percent shooting the ball and 47 defensive rebounds, our goal is 35, so fantastic job, great effort on both ends of the floor.

On what you said to the team in the third quarter timeout when the Raptors were making a run… To just get back to how we were playing earlier and it really just starts one possession at a time. Don’t think about what just happened, let’s move forward and play the next possession. I think with a young team that’s really important. You can get unraveled, and we’ve had a few of these moments this season where a team is on a run and then we don’t stop it. We let an eight point run become a ten, twelve, fifteen point run and we just talked about playing the next possession. Making shots always helps. Our guys hit some big shots to break some of those momentum segments for Toronto. Give our young group a lot of credit.

On the team performance… I would say this is our most complete game end to end. We had a good win in Dallas a bit ago, it feels like ages ago, but I felt for the most part from end to end we were in this game. We were fighting, even though we had a few hiccups along the way, this was probably our most complete 48 minute game of the season.

TERRY ROZIER (18 points, six assists, six rebounds)

On tonight’s win… I (have) never won here in my five years. I always got beat by at least 20 or more, so it was just good to get the win for myself and for our team. We needed this. We won (our) last game, so we’re just looking to keep building. It’s a special team this group that we just played against, so every time we get a chance to beat a special team (it) makes us feel good.

On tonight’s defence… I feel like we were in there. We helped each other out. We showed bodies. We showed length from the beginning of the game. We showed it all 48 minutes. Obviously they got guys, like (Pascal) Siakam, who’s special, (Kyle) Lowry, who makes special plays, and like I said, they’ve got a great group. We just dug deep and we just stayed with it and we pulled it out.

On shooting the technical foul shots… You have to tune all that (noise) out. I shoot at least 100 free throws a day when there’s nobody in the gym, so you just try to keep that mindset and just treat it like there’s no one there. I was able to ice the game, but like I said, that just comes with repetition (and) being in the gym shooting a lot of free throws.

P.J. WASHINGTON (15 points, nine rebounds)

What was Bismack Biyombo’s message to everyone in that timeout? Just keep playing. Guys were kind of getting down on themselves and he just said … keep playing and keep fighting. We’re in the place we want to be and (there’s) not a lot of time left, but we still have a chance to win this one.

On tonight’s win… I think it says a lot because we stayed together and kept fighting. Even though they came back in the game making shots, we still kept our composure and came out there and just continued to play. I think that was big for us going forward.

BISMACK BIYOMBO (13 points, 11 rebounds)

What does tonight’s win say about this young group? I think our young guys are growing in general. We’re playing team basketball. Guys are trusting each other. Obviously we are going to continue to make mistakes. That’s part of this journey … We stuck together. Obviously through the tough times when they made their run, we still found a way to control the game. Toronto is a great team. They are a championship team, so for us it was a good challenge. We were able to learn from this, grow, and obviously we will watch more film tomorrow and correct our mistakes and continue to move forward.

HORNETS 99, RAPTORS 96: Charlotte held Toronto to .347 (33-for-95) shooting from the field, including .269 (14-for-52) in the first half …The Raptors are 5-7 this season when they shoot below 40 per cent from the floor.

FINAL SCORE: CHARLOTTE HORNETS 99, TORONTO RAPTORS 96
DATE: FEBRUARY 28, 2020 ATTENDANCE: 19,800 (Sellout)
FINAL SCORE RECORD HIGH POINTS HIGH REBOUNDS HIGH ASSISTS

Charlotte 99 21-38 Graham / Rozier – 18 Biyombo – 11 Rozier / Co. Martin – 6
Toronto 96 42-17 Siakam – 24 Three Players – 9 Lowry – 6
KEY RUN
Trailing 95-93 with 1:14 remaining, Charlotte ended the game on a 6-1 run … After the Hornets made three straight free throws, Norman Powell missed a three-pointer as time expired to tie the game.
KEY STAT
Charlotte held Toronto to .347 (33-for-95) shooting from the field, including .269 (14-for-52) in the first half …The Raptors are 5-7 this season when they shoot below 40 per cent from the floor.
RAPTORS NOTES:
• With the loss, Toronto falls to 42-17 this season and 23-9 at home … The Raptors have dropped two in a row (Jan. 25-28) for the first time since Dec. 23-25 … Toronto was 7-3 in the month of February … The Raptors begin a five-game (Mar. 1-9) west coast road trip Sunday at Denver.
• Toronto’s starting lineup combined for 87 points.
• The Raptors have now held their opponent below 100 points a league-high 18 times this season.
• Toronto outscored the Hornets 29-17 on the fast-break … The Raptors have scored more fast-break points than their opponent in each of their last 13 games.
• The Raptors committed a season-low five turnovers, compared to 18 for the Hornets.
• Pascal Siakam recorded 24 points and nine rebounds in 39 minutes … Siakam has scored 20+ points in six of the last seven games (Feb. 8-28), averaging 24.9 points during this span.
• Norman Powell returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous nine games (Feb. 2-25) with a fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his left hand … Powell scored 22 points in 37 minutes of action.
• The Raptors had four players score double figures – Siakam (24), Powell (22), Kyle Lowry (21) and OG Anunoby (16) … Lowry scored 12 points in the fourth quarter.
HORNETS NOTES:

• With the win, Charlotte improves to 21-38 on the season and 11-21 on the road … The Hornets have won two in a row (Feb. 26-28) and five of their last seven (Feb. 10-28) … Charlotte returns home to begin a four-game homestand (Mar. 1-7) Sunday afternoon vs. Milwaukee.
• The Hornets out rebounded Toronto 58-45.
• Tonight marked Charlotte’s second road win of the season vs. a team currently with a winning record.
• Charlotte led by as many as 17 points in the second quarter.
• The Hornets had all five starters score in double digits – Terry Rozier (18), Devonte’ Graham (18), Miles Bridges (17), P.J. Washington Jr. (15) and Bismack Biyombo (13) … Charlotte’s starting lineup combined for 81 points. …Biyombo pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season.

UTICA 7, MARLIES 3: “They came to play, they played fast, they played really strong. We weren’t ready for it. That was probably one of the best teams I’ve seen since I got here. We did have compete and battled to try and claw and scratch our way back. A couple of late goals started to give us a chance. Too many turnovers and breakouts, too many turnovers, actually trying to go one-on-one a little too much in the neutral zone.” –GREG MOORE.

TORONTO MARLIES (27-23-3-2 – 59 Points) vs. UTICA COMETS (31-20-3-2 – 67 Points)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020

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GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto: J. Duszak (3) PP (M. Read, K. Agostino), K. Agostino (M. Hollowell), E. Korshkov (15) (K. Agostino)
Goaltender: J. Woll (27/33)

Utica: W. Hamilton (4) (K. Lind), R. Boucher (29) (C. Camper, A. Sautner), R. Boucher (30) (C. Camper, S. Baertschi), D. Blujus (4) (R. Boucher, J. Bailey), S. Baertschi (12) (R. Boucher, O. Juolevi), R. Boucher (31) EN (S. Baertschi)
Goaltender: M. DiPietro (26/29)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Joseph Duszak put the Marlies on the board at 13:34 of the second period. This was his first power play goal of the season. Duszak has 13 points (2 goals, 11 assists)) in his last 11 games.
  • Kenny Agostino scored at 12:35 of the third period. Heregistered the secondary assist on Duszk’s second period power play goal and the lone assist on Korshkov’s third period goal. Agostino matched his career season high with his 24th goal. He has recorded three or more points in one game for the third time this season. He has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in his last nine games.
  • Egor Korshkov scored at 15:07 of the third period. Korshkov has 23 points (15 goals, 8 assists) in 38 games this season.
  • Matt Read recorded the primary assist on Duszak’s second period power play goal. Read has 10 points (7 goals, 3 assists) in his last nine games.
  • Mac Hollowell had the lone assist on Agostino’s overtime goal. He has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in 27 games.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 27 of 33 shots he faced. Woll is now 10-13-3-2 on the season with a .883 save percentage and a 3.73 goals against average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto was 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-5 on the power play.
  • Utica had a 34-29 edge in shots in all situations. Kenny Agostino led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 15-15-3-1 against North Division opponents and 1-3-0-0 against the Utica Comets.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (24)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (30)
  • Points:  K. Agostino (43)
  • PPG: K. Agostino,N. Petan (6)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (131)
  • +/-:  M. Salomaki (+14)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (71)

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 8-13-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 4-18-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
  • Toronto is 18-13-1-2 when outshot by their opponents.
  • The Marlies are 6-6-0-0 in Friday games and are 5-7-0-0 in February.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Kenny Agostino has points (1-3-4) in consecutive games.
  • Mac Hollowell has assists (2) in consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Adam Brooks (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game against Utica. He left Toronto’s game against Belleville on February 15 and did not return.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo (hand) did not dress for tonight’s game against Utica.
  • Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for tonight’s game against Utica.
  • Jesper Lindgren (high ankle sprain)did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland. Heleft Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
  • Nic Petan (shoulder) did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland. He left Toronto’s game against Rochester on February 8 and did not return.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • February 27: Recalled defenceman Sergei Sapego from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • February 26: Recalled defenceman Calle Rosen from loan by Toronto (NHL).
  • February 25: Loaned defenceman Miles Gendron to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • February 25: Loaned forward Matt Lorito from Toronto (NHL).
  • February 24: Traded forward Nick Baptiste to Belleville (AHL).
  • February 24: Recalled goaltender Parker Gahagen from Newfoundland (ECHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On tonight’s game:
The game did not go our way the first period. They came to play, they played fast, they played really strong. We weren’t ready for it. That was probably one of the best teams I’ve seen since I got here. We did have compete and battled to try and claw and scratch our way back. A couple of late goals started to give us a chance. Too many turnovers and breakouts, too many turnovers, actually trying to go one-on-one a little too much in the neutral zone. But this is a good benchmark for us to see where we’re at right now to internally look to see what we need to do to move forward.

NEXT GAME:

February 29 at Binghamton – 4:05 p.m. ET
March 2 at Texas – 7:00 p.m. CT
March 4 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 6 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 7 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET