Raptors-Hornets pregame notes

RAPTORS NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors continue a five-game homestand by hosting the Charlotte Hornets at Amalie Arena on Saturday. Including the preseason, this will be the fourth game the Raptors and Hornets have played in the last month.
Toronto has won 15 of the last 21 regular-season meetings against Charlotte since 2015. A win Saturday would secure at least a season-series split against the Hornets for the sixth time since 2014-15.
• Toronto is the only team remaining in the NBA that has not faced an opponent with a sub .500 record entering the game. Opponents had at least a .500 record through the first 11 games. Toronto was 32-5 last season when facing opponents with a sub .500 record.
• Toronto tied a season-high by making 20 3-pointers on 50 attempts Jan. 14 vs. Charlotte. It marks the second time this season the Raptors have attempted 50 or more 3-pointers in a game (last: Dec. 31 vs. New York) and fourth time overall in franchise history. Toronto also had two games last season with 50+ three-pointer attempts. Since 2015-16 the Raptors are one of nine franchises that have recorded 50+ three-pointers in a game multiple times – Houston (62), Dallas (11), Brooklyn (9), Milwaukee (8), Atlanta (4), Toronto (4), Boston (3), Oklahoma City (2).
Fred VanVleet (5) and Kyle Lowry (4) combined on nine three-pointers to lead Toronto Jan. 14 vs. Charlotte. A total of six players contributed multiple three-pointers against the Hornets, while all five players that came off the
bench contributed at least one. Toronto is averaging 19.0 three-pointers in its three wins this season, compared to 14.9 in eight losses.
Kyle Lowry became the first player in franchise history to record 4,000 career assists Jan. 14 vs. Charlotte. Lowry is currently the longest serving player on the Raptors roster (nine seasons) and the franchise’s all-time leader in
three-pointers made (1,417), assists (4,011) and steals (840). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is 64 points away from joining Stephen Curry (Golden State) and Damian Lillard (Portland) as the only active players to
recorded 10,000 points and 4,000 assists with their current team.
Chris Boucher tied a career-high by scoring 25 points Jan. 14 vs. Charlotte. He shot 8-for-12 from the field, including two three-pointers and 7-for-8 at the free throw line. Boucher also led the team with 10 rebounds for his
ninth career double-double (last: Jan. 8 at Sacramento) and fourth game with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Through 11 games this season Boucher has scored 15+ points six times (last: Jan. 14 vs. Charlotte). He had a career-best seven games last season with 15+ points. Boucher is one of seven undrafted players on Toronto’s roster. His also scored 25 points Aug. 10, 2020 against Milwaukee at the NBA Restart in Orlando.
Fred VanVleet has made at least one three-pointer in a franchise-record 43 consecutive games (Dec. 20, 2019 -Jan. 14, 2021). He passed the previous record of 38 games set by C.J. Miles (Dec. 10, 2017 – Mar. 15, 2018). VanVleet is the eighth player in franchise history to record 400 three-pointers. He joins Steph Curry, Buddy Hield and Joe Harris with active three-point streaks of 40+ games.

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