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01/25/2022 07:00 (ET)


Charlotte Hornets

Hayward, Gordon Out Injury/Illness – Right Foot; Discomfort
Kulboka, Arnoldas Out G League – Two-Way
Lewis, Scottie Out G League – Two-Way
McDaniels, Jalen Out Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprain

Toronto Raptors

Birch, Khem Out Injury/Illness – Nose; Fracture
Dragic, Goran Out Not With Team
Johnson, David Out Health and Safety Protocols
VanVleet, Fred Out Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Soreness

Barnes, Scottie Questionable, right wrist swelling.

And we’ve got a Scottie Barnes is questionable due to right wrist swelling to add to the log


• The Toronto Raptors play the first game of a back-to-back set Tuesday night when they host the Charlotte Hornets at Scotiabank Arena. Toronto begins a three-game road trip (Jan. 26-31) Wednesday at Chicago. The Raptors have lost five of their last seven (Jan. 11-23) following a six-game winning streak – their longest of the season. Toronto is 7-5 in the month of January. Tuesday is the first of three meetings between the Raptors and Hornets this season – Toronto will visit Charlotte twice in February. The Raptors will play
11 of their next 15 games (Jan. 26 – Feb. 28) on the road after Tuesday.
• Portland held on to beat Toronto 114-105 on Sunday night. Pascal Siakam scored 28 points and Fred VanVleet had 19 for the Raptors, who started the game 1-for-16 from the field and trailed by as many 34 points late in the first half. Toronto tied season highs with 18 three-pointers and nine blocks in the loss. The Raptors also attempted a season-high 54 threes – one shy of the single-game franchise record.

Pascal Siakam is currently averaging 21.0 points, and career highs of 8.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists. He is
one of just six players in the NBA averaging 20.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists this season, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid, James Harden, and Nikola Jokic.
• Reserve Chris Boucher recorded 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds in 24 minutes Sunday against the Trail Blazers. Boucher has now scored in double figures in a career high-tying seven straight games
(Jan. 11-23). He is averaging 13.9 points and 9.6 rebounds, and is shooting .493 (34-69) from the floor and .429 (12-28) from three-point distance, over the last seven games.
Pascal Siakam has scored 20+ points in seven of the last eight games (Jan. 9-23), averaging a team-high 23.9 points during this stretch. Siakam is shooting .484 (74-153) from the field and .364 (8-22) from threepoint range over the last eight games.
• The Raptors lead the NBA in offensive rebounds per game (13.6) and rank second (16.7) in second-chance points. Through 12 games in January, Toronto has outrebounded opponents 182-to-119 (+63) on the offensive end. Chris Boucher has grabbed a team-high 39 offensive boards this month.
• Fred VanVleet (157) and Gary Trent Jr. (122) currently rank second and eighth, respectively, in the NBA in total deflections. VanVleet has led the NBA in deflections per game each of the past two seasons, while
Trent Jr. also ranks fourth in the league in steals (1.86). The Raptors lead the NBA in deflections per game
(18.1) and rank third in steals (9.3) this season.
Fred VanVleet is averaging career highs of 21.7 points, 7.0 assists and 4.7 rebounds. VanVleet is one of
just six players in the NBA currently averaging 20.0 points, 7.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds, along with Luka
Doncic, James Harden, Nikola Jokic , Damian Lillard and Trae Young.

MIN: 36.7 REB: 5.3 AST: 2.4 STL: 1.7 TO: 1.7 BLK: 0.5 PTS: 18.6
• Finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, a season high-tying five assists and three steals Jan. 23 vs. Portland.
• Has scored in double figures in 13 straight games (Dec. 31 – Jan. 23), averaging 17.8 points during this stretch.
• Scored 20+ points in 13-of-29 games this season, something he did 13 times in 43 contests last year.

MIN: 35.4 REB: 7.8 AST: 3.4 STL: 1.0 TO: 1.9 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 14.6
• Contributed nine points, six rebounds, six assists and two blocks in 34 minutes Jan. 23 vs. Portland.
• Ranks second among rookies in rebounds (7.8), and fourth in both scoring (14.6) and assists (3.4).
• Has scored 20+ points eight times – the most by Raptors rookie since Charlie Villanueva (12 times) in 2005-06.

MIN: 36.6 REB: 8.3 AST: 4.9 STL: 1.2 TO: 2.6 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 21.2
• Scored a team-high 28 points Jan. 23 vs. Portland; added eight rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes.
• Has scored 20+ points in seven of the last eight games (Jan. 9-23), averaging 23.9 points during this span.
• Averaging 23.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 6.1 assists through 12 games in January.

MIN: 33.7 REB: 2.7 AST: 2.0 STL: 1.9 TO: 1.0 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 16.2
• Tallied 13 points, one assist and one steal in 28 minutes of action Jan. 23 vs. Portland.
• Returned to the lineup Jan. 21 at Washington after missing the previous six games with left ankle swelling.
• Ranks fourth in the NBA in steals (1.86); has recorded multiple steals in 20-of-35 games.

MIN: 38.2 REB: 4.7 AST: 7.0 STL: 1.7 TO: 2.6 BLK: 0.5 PTS: 21.7
• Recorded 19 points, five rebounds, eight assists and a season-high five steals in 42 minutes Jan. 23 vs. Portland.
• The Raptors are 7-1 this season when he scores 30+ points.
• Leads the NBA in minutes per game (38.2) and ranks sixth in steals (1.73).

2021-22 RECORDS
OVERALL 22-22 14-13 8-9
HOME 12-12 6-7 6-5
AWAY 10-10 8-6 2-4
OVERTIME 0-1 0-1 0-0

Opponent: Chicago Bulls
Date: Wednesday, January 26
Tip-Off: 8 p.m. (ET)
Venue: United Center
Television: Sportsnet
Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
2021-22 0-1 0-1 0-0
ALL-TIME 44-52 23-25 21-27
STREAKS Lost 4 Lost 2 Lost 2
LAST WIN: Feb. 2, 2020 (129-102)
LAST ROAD WIN: Dec. 9, 2019 (93-92)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +39 (Nov. 17, 2018)
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -37 (Feb. 19, 1998)
GAME 4 – OCTOBER 25, 2021

TORONTO – DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points to lead his Chicago Bulls
past the Toronto Raptors 111-108 in a return to Scotiabank Arena against
his former team … DeRozan had three late field goals to help Chicago (4-
0) remain undefeated. Bulls guard Zach LaVine added 22 points … OG
Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. led the Raptors (1-3) offensively with 22 and
18 points, respectively … Toronto is winless in three starts at home this
season … After DeRozan pushed the Bulls to a 108-102 lead with just
over a minute remaining, Raptors guard Fred VanVleet hit an inside shot
to pull Toronto to within four … The Raptors had the ball back with 40
seconds remaining, but VanVleet’s pass was picked off by Chicago guard
Alex Caruso … A Bulls miscue on an inbounds pass led to an easy layup
for Raptors rookie Scottie Barnes and a two-point deficit with 14 seconds
left … But Chicago hung on with a late free throw from Nikola Vucevic and
a game-ending three-point miss from VanVleet …The Bulls led by 10 at
the half and swiftly expanded that margin to 20 points at 73-53 before the
third quarter was three minutes old … Chicago enjoyed a 92-80 advantage at the end of three quarters … The Raptors closed to within two
points when Anunoby hit a three-pointer with 5:09 remaining and then hit
a layup for a 97-95 deficit.
1 2 3 4 TOT
CHICAGO 24 37 31 19 111
TORONTO 24 27 29 28 10


F • 6-6 • 200 • Nevada
PPG: 8.2 | RPG: 4.2 | APG: 2.7
Last game: 7 points (3-5 FG, 1-1
3pt), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal,
1 block in 29 minutes
•Ranks 20th in steals (1.44) and fifth in charges
drawn (0.31) per game; sixth in total charges
drawn (12)
•Had a career-high 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting
at San Antonio on Dec. 15
•Scored 10+ points in four straight games
F • 6-7 • 225 • Michigan State
PPG: 20.1 | RPG: 7.4 | APG: 3.5
Last game: 19 points (8-13 FG,
0-4 3pt, 3-4 FT), 6 rebounds,
1 block in 34 minutes
•Has seven 30-point games and 24 20-point
games this season
•25th in the NBA in scoring and 18th in total
points (903)
•Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week
on 10/25 for games played from 10/19-10/24
•Increased his scoring average from last season
(12.7) to this season by +7.4 points per game.
C • 7-0 • 250 • Duke
PPG: 6.6 | RPG: 7.1 | APG: 2.7
Last game: 6 points (3-5 FG, 0-2
FT), 11 rebounds, 1 block
in 19 minutes
•Went a perfect 7-for-7 for a season-high 15
points to go with three blocks vs. HOU on
•Had two triple-doubles during the 2020-21
season, one of four centers with multiple tripledoubles along with Jokic, Adebayo and Vucevic
•Averaged a career-high 9.3 rebounds per game
last season
G • 6-1 • 195 • Louisville
PPG: 18.5 | RPG: 4.1 | APG: 4.0
Last game: 7 points (2-14 FG, 0-6
3pt, 3-5 FT), 5 rebounds, 7 assists,
3 steals in 30 minutes
•Recorded 42 points and a career-high 10 3PM
at CLE on 12/23, set an NBA record for 3s in a
season opener
•Has 507 made 3s with CHA, passing Nic Batum
(496) on Jan. 17 for fifth in franchise history
•Ranks 18th (113) in total 3s this season and 13th
in 3s (3.0) per game
G • 6-7 • 185 • Illawarra
PPG: 19.0 | RPG: 7.3 | APG: 7.6
Last game: 19 points (6-17 FG,
0-8 3pt, 7-7 FT), 6 rebounds,
4 assists, 1 block in 34 minutes
•Named 2020-21 Rookie of the Year
•30th in ppg, eighth in apg, 12th in spg (1.55),
seventh in FT% (.890%)
•Has four career triple-doubles, third youngest
player in NBA history to reach four triple-doubles
•2nd youngest player in NBA history (19y, 140d)

20 AND COUNTING: Hornets forward Miles Bridges was on a tear during a five-game stretch from Jan. 12-21, scoring 20+ points in five consecutive outings, including a double-double with 22 points
and a season-high 14 rebounds vs. Oklahoma City on Jan. 21, which followed his career-high 38 points at the Knicks on Jan. 17. This is the second time this season and in his career that Bridges has totaled
20 points or more in five straight games, which began on Jan. 12, including a five-game streak with 20+ points from Oct. 22-29, 2021. During the five-game stretch, Bridges is averaged 24.6 and 8.8
rebounds per game while shooting .522% from the floor, ranking 13th in the NBA in scoring over every player’s last five games.
Over that period, Bridges was just one of three players averaging at least 24.0 points and 8.5 boards per contest while making .500% of their field goal attempts. He has now scored 20+ points in 24
games this season, which ranks tied for ninth in the Eastern Conference, as he had just 24 career 20-point games in his first three seasons.
ELITE ON THE CATCH-AND-SHOOT: Hornets guard Terry Rozier has been excellent since Dec. 20, scoring 20+ points in 10 of the 15 games he has appeared in over that stretch, averaging 21.7 points,
5.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. Rozier scored 24 points vs. Oklahoma City on Jan. 21 after he totaled 28 points to go with a season-high 10 assists at Boston on Jan. 19 for his first double-double
of the season as he also added six made 3s. He is averaging 3.9 3-point field goals per game since Dec. 20, which ranks second in the NBA since then. Rozier is just one of two players along with Steph
Curry to average 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game while also making at least 3.5 3-point field goals per contest.
Amongst players averaging at least 3.0 made 3-pointers per game during that stretch, Rozier ranks 10th in 3-point shooting percentage, knocking down .410% of his 3-point attempts over his last 15 games.
He has been terrific on the catch-and-shoot for Charlotte, posting 7.7 points per game on the catch-and-shoot since Dec. 20, which is 10th in the NBA over that span as he is averaging 2.5 catch-and-shoot
3-pointers per game, tied for ninth, and making .413% of his catch-and-shoot 3-point attempts. Prior to Dec. 20, Rozier had 54 total 3s and ranked tied for 61st in the NBA in total made 3s as he has
knocked down 59 3s since then, which is the second most over that time. Rozier now ranks 17th in the NBA this season in total 3s with 113 and is 11th in 3s per game, averaging 3.1 3-pointers per contest.
RETURNING WITH FURY: Hornets forward Miles Bridges is averaging 21.1 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.1 blocks per game on .523% shooting from the field in his last 11 games after returning
from a two-game absence. He is just one of three players to average 20.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game over their last 11 contests, including LeBron James and Karl-Anthony
Towns. Bridges notched his ninth double-double with 22 points and a season-high tying 14 rebounds marking his fifth straight game with 20 points or more vs. Oklahoma City on Jan. 21. He now has
24 20-point games this season, which ranks tied for ninth in the East in 20-point games. In his second game back, he posted 23 points, a season-high 14 rebounds and a career-high tying four steals at
Washington on Jan. 3, totaling 17 points and nine boards in the first half alone. He tied his career-high for rebounds in a half.
Since his return, Bridges has scored 10+ points in the paint in nine of his 11 eight games, including 16 in the painted area at New York on Jan. 17 as that has been one of his strengths this season, marking his
seventh game of the season scoring 16 points or more in the paint. In his last 11 games, Bridges is averaging 12.0 points per game in the paint, scoring 10+ points in the paint in eight straight games, while
averaging 10.7 points per game in the paint this season, which ranks 17th in the NBA and ninth among forwards, scoring 10+ points in the paint in 27 games on the year.
PROLIFIC SCORING: Hornets forward Miles Bridges had yet another 30-point outing, totaling 38 points and 12 rebounds at New York on Jan. 17. He has seven 30-point games and 23 20-point games through just 43 games this season. In franchise history, Bridges tied Kemba Walker (4,
2018-19) for the most 30-point performances through the Hornets first 10 games of a season with four. Bridges is averaging 20.1 points per game
after averaging 12.7 points per contest during the 2020-21 season, a +7.4 scoring average increase, which is the third largest in the NBA among
players to attempts with at least 100 field goal attempts this season and last season, per Elias Sports Bureau. He has scored 903 points this season,
which ranks 18th in the NBA, through just 45 games as the most points he scored in a season previously was 843 points during the 2018-19 season.
Bridges’ high scoring average increase is from a multitude of high scoring outings this season, including seven 30-point games and 24 20-point
games after he had just three 30-point games and 24 20-point games during his first three seasons combined. He had four consecutive games
with 25 points or more from Oct. 22-27, a new career long streak and scored 30 or more points in three of the first five games and in five of his first 20 games the Hornets played this season. He is the only
player in franchise history with 30+ points three times in his first five games and the team’s first five games of a season. After scoring 32 points at Golden State on Nov. 3, Bridges’ 25-point streak earlier this
season is the longest by a Hornets player since Terry Rozier (2/10-2/20/21) as the fourth-year pro out of Michigan State only had eight games with 25 points or better before the start of the 2021-22 season.
ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE: Hornets guard LaMelo Ball posted 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at Boston on Jan. 19 for his third triple-double of the season and fourth of his career. Ball
is one of 10 players with three or more triple-doubles this season as he is the third youngest player (20 years, 150 days) to notch their fourth career triple-double only behind Luka Doncic and LeBron
James. In franchise history, Ball is tied with Anthony Mason (1999-00) for the second most triple-doubles in a single season and ranks fourth overall in triple-doubles with four, trailing only Mason (7),
Nic Batum (5) and Larry Johnson (5).
After Ball posted a triple-double on Nov. 27 at Houston, he became just the third player in franchise history with multiple triple-doubles through the team’s first 25 games of a season along with Baron
Davis (2, 2000-01) and Kendall Gill (1995-96). He dished out 13 assists at Chicago on Nov. 29, notching 13 or more assists in three consecutive games. for the first time in his career He now has five
games this season with 13+ assists, which is tied for the sixth most in the NBA as he has the most games with 13 or more assists by a Hornets player since Brevin Knight (13) during the 2005-06 season.
NEW YORK STATE OF MIND: Hornets forward Miles Bridges had yet another career outing on his way to the seventh 30-point game of the season after he poured in a career-high 38 points in a win at
the Knicks on Jan. 17. Bridges also added 12 rebounds and five assists to his stat line to become just the fourth player in the last 30 seasons to post at least 35 points, 10 rebounds and five assists against
New York at Madison Square Garden, joining Kevin Durant (1/26/16), Kobe Bryant (12/23/07) and Hakeem Olajuwon (12/02/93). He is also just fourth player in franchise history with 35-10-5 in a game
along with Kemba Walker (3x), Gerald Wallace (1/16/08 vs. ORL) and Larry Johnson (12/2/92 at GSW) as this marked his second straight game with 30+ points at Madison Square Garden after he scored
30 points there on May 15, 2021.
Bridges got the ball rolling with a 22-point first quarter on 7-of-8 shooting, including three 3-pointers, setting a career-high for points in a quarter and the most points in an opening quarter for the franchise
since the 1996-97 season when play-by-play data first became available. He ended the first half with 28 points and became just the fourth Hornets player in the last 25 seasons in with 28+ points in the
first 25 minutes of play. Bridges has scored 30+ points in each of his last four games in New York with two 30-point games each against the Knicks and Nets, averaging 33.3 points per contest during
those games, as only he and Kemba Walker (3) have had multiple 30-point performances at MSG in a Hornets uniform. This was the second game this season where Bridges totaled at least 35 points and
10 boards making him just one of six players this season with multiple games with 35 points and 10 rebounds.
ANOTHER HORNETS MILESTONE: After climbing his way into the top 10 among Hornets 3-point field goals franchise leaders and finishing with the fifth most made 3s in a single season (222)
during the 2021-22, Hornets guard Terry Rozier knocked down four 3s at New York on Jan. 17 to eclipse Nic Batum (496) for fifth all time in 3-pointers in Hornets franchise history. He also made six 3s at
Houston on Nov. 27 to Devonte’ Graham (431) for sixth all-time in made 3s in franchise history as he currently has 508. He capped off another milestone with four 3-point field goals vs. Cleveland on Nov.
1 which then put him at 402 during his Charlotte tenure as he became just the seventh player in franchise history to reach the 400 made 3s mark, doing so in his 135th game, which made him the fastest
Hornets player to 400 treys, passing Devonte’ Graham (157).
Rozier recorded his 30th career game with the Hornets where he has knocked down five-plus 3-point field goals at Chicago on Nov. 29 after making six 3s as he passed Devonte’ Graham (27) for the second
most such games in franchise history on Nov. 22. He now has 35 career games with five or more 3 with Charlotte after making five at Boston on Jan. 19. In team history, the Hornets have had a player make
eight or more 3s in 16 games with Rozier doing so in a franchise-leading five games, which also surpassed Graham (4).
30 MORE FOR MILES: Hornets forward Miles Bridges had a career night, scoring a then career-high 35 points on career-bests of 15 field goals and 28 attempts while adding 10 rebounds at Atlanta
on N. Bridges is the first Hornets player to post 35 points and 10 rebounds in a game since Kemba Walker on Mar. 23, 2019 who had 36 points and 11 boards vs. Boston. This season, Bridges is one of 22
players to post at least 35 points and 10 rebounds and just one of six with multiple games with 35-10 after totaling 38 points and 12 boards at New York. He scored 30 points or more in five games in 20
games or less as he is just the fifth player in franchise history with five or more 30-point performances through the team’s first 20 games of a season.
PASS FIRST POINT GUARD: Hornets guard LaMelo Ball finished with his fourth double-double of the year in a win vs. Washington on Nov. 17, posting 11 points and a new career-high 14 assists.
Ball recorded the most assists by a Hornets player since Devonte’ Graham had 15 assists on Nov. 27, 2019 vs. Detroit, which is also the last time a Charlotte played had a double-double with at least
14 assists. Ball has recorded 10 point-assist double-doubles this season after totaling 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, tied for the 11th most this season, including in three consecutive games
after posting 18 points and 13 assists at Chicago on Nov. 29, a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists at Houston on Nov. 27 and 10 points and 13 assists vs. Minnesota on Nov. 26.
He is one of nine players this season to record a point-assist double-double in three straight outings as this also marked his third consecutive game with 13 assists. Ball is just one of two players
along with Chris Paul to record 13+ assists in three games in a row and the first since Brevin Knight (3/23-3/26) as he is the third player in franchise history with such a three-game streak. He has had
10 games with 10+ dimes, which is tied for the 11th most games with 10 or more assists as the second-year guard is averaging 7.6 assists per contest, the seventh highest assists per game average.
This season, Ball is averaging 62.0 passes made per game, which ranks sixth in the NBA and sits at ninth among league leaders in assists points created. He is averaging 19.2 assists points created points.