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(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.
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
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.
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.
• 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.
• 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.
INJURY REPORTS AT 5:30 P.M. FRIDAY
Charlotte Hornets Bacon, Dwayne Out G League – On Assignment
Monk, Malik Out League Suspension
Simmons, Kobi Out G League – Two-Way
Spalding, Ray Out G League – Two-Way
Toronto Raptors Gasol, Marc Out Injury/Illness – Left Hamstring; Tightness
Ibaka, Serge Out Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Soreness
McCaw, Patrick Available Injury/Illness – Illness; Flu-like symptoms
Powell, Norman Probable Injury/Illness – Left Finger; Fourth; metacarpal – fracture
VanVleet, Fred Out Injury/Illness – Left Shoulder; Pain
Watson, Paul Available –
• The Toronto Raptors conclude their four-game homestand (Feb. 21-28) Friday night when they host the Charlotte Hornets at Scotiabank Arena. Toronto has won seven of the last nine meetings against Charlotte, including both games this season. Serge Ibaka is averaging 23.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in two games vs. the Hornets this year. The Raptors begin a five-game west coast road trip (Mar. 1-9) Sunday at Denver.
• The Raptors lost for just the second time in their last 19 games Tuesday against Milwaukee. Over the last 19 contests, Toronto is averaging 118.5 points, while shooting .491 (827-1686) from the field, including .393 (281-715) from behind the arc. The Raptors have held opponents to 107.9 points per game and a .431 (715-1658) field goal percentage during this stretch.
• Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 22 points Tuesday night vs. the Bucks. Siakam has now scored 20+ points in five of his last six games (Feb. 8-25). He is averaging 25.0 points and 6.8 rebounds, while shooting .524 (55-105) from the field, during this span.
• The Raptors lead the NBA in fast-break points per game (19.1). Toronto has outscored its opponent on the fast-break in each of the last 12 games (Jan. 28 – Feb. 25). The Raptors are a +165 (292-to-127) in fast-break scoring differential during this streak.
• Villanova retired the No. 1 jersey of six-time NBA All-Star and USA Basketball Olympic gold medalist Kyle Lowry on Wednesday night. Lowry played two seasons for current head coach Jay Wright (2004-06), helping the Wildcats make consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament.
• The Raptors held Milwaukee to .381 shooting from the field (32-for-84) Tuesday night. It was the 17th time Toronto has held its opponent below 40 per cent shooting from the floor this season. The Raptors currently ranks second in the NBA with a .426 opponent field goal percentage, behind only Milwaukee (.412).
• Terence Davis scored in double figures off the bench for the third straight game with 10 points in 17 minutes Tuesday against Milwaukee. He is averaging 12.3 points over the last three games. Davis has now logged 1,019 minutes this season and is just the fourth undrafted rookie to play at least 1,000 minutes in a season for Toronto; along with Jose Calderon (1,487 in 2005–06), Jorge Garbajosa (1,909 in 2006– 07) and Jamario Moon (2,166 in 2007–08).
• Toronto is 42-16 this season, matching the best record after 58 games in franchise history set last season. The Raptors have won at least 51 games each of the last four seasons after not reaching 50 wins in any of their first 20 seasons in the NBA.
• The Raptors currently lead the NBA in opponent three-point percentage (.335). Toronto’s opponent has now missed at least 20 three-point attempts in each of the last 27 games. It’s the longest streak in the NBA of an opponent missing 20 or more shots from behind the arc since the three-point era began in 1979–80.
• Pascal Siakam is averaging career highs of 23.7 points and 7.5 rebounds through 47 games this season. Only two players in Raptors history have finished a season averaging at least 23.0 points and 7.0 rebounds: Chris Bosh in 2009–10 (24.0, 10.8) and Kawhi Leonard in 2018–19 (26.6, 7.3). PROBABLE STARTERS
G – OG ANUNOBY #3
MIN: 29.3 REB: 5.4 AST: 1.6 STL: 1.2 TO: 1.2 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 10.2
• Totaled 11 points, five rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes Feb. 25 vs. Milwaukee. • Toronto is 22-5 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points. • Averaging a career-high 10.2 points and shooting a career-best .499 from the field this season.
F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 35.0 REB: 7.5 AST: 3.4 STL: 0.9 TO: 2.4 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 23.7
• Posted a team-high 22 points along with six rebounds and three assists Feb. 25 vs. Milwaukee. • Ranks 16th in the NBA in scoring (23.7); has scored 20 or more in five of the last six games (Feb. 8-25). • Has scored 30+ points 14 times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.
C – SERGE IBAKA #9
MIN: 27.1 REB: 8.0 AST: 1.3 STL: 0.5 TO: 2.0 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 15.9
• Finished with five points and five rebounds in 29 minutes of action Feb. 25 vs. Milwaukee. • Averaging 18.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 31.2 minutes in 24 games as a starter this season. • First player in NBA history with 500+ three-point field goals and 1,500+ blocks.
G – KYLE LOWRY #7
MIN: 36.4 REB: 4.8 AST: 7.7 STL: 1.3 TO: 3.0 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 19.2
• Scored 10 points and led the team with six assists in 41 minutes Feb. 25 vs. Milwaukee. • Passed Morris Peterson (542) for second on the Raptors’ all-time games played list against the Bucks. • Ranks seventh in the NBA in assists per game (7.7); has dished out 10+ assists 13 times.
G – FRED VANVLEET #23
MIN: 35.8 REB: 3.8 AST: 6.6 STL: 1.9 TO: 2.3 BLK: 0.3 PTS: 17.6
• Recorded 14 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 37 minutes Feb. 25 vs. Milwaukee. • Ranks fourth in the NBA in steals per game (1.90); has registered multiple steals in 24 games. • Leads the team in total three-point field goals made (131) and steals (91).
INJURY REPORT Marc Gasol (Left hamstring; tightness) – Out Dewan Hernandez (Right ankle; sprain) – Out Serge Ibaka (Right knee soreness) – Questionable Patrick McCaw (Flu-like symptoms) Probable Norman Powell (Left hand; fourth metacarpal – fracture) – Questionable
NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: Charlotte Hornets Date: Friday, February 28 Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: Sportsnet One Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto
SERIES RECAP VS. CHARLOTTE
OVERALL HOME ROAD 2019-20 2-0 1-0 1-0 ALL-TIME
38-44 24-18 14-26 STREAKS Won 2 Won 1 Won 1
LAST WIN: January 8, 2020 (112-110 OT)
LAST HOME WIN: November 18, 2019 (132-96)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +36, November 18, 2019
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -36, November 20, 2000
LAST TIME VS. CHARLOTTE
GAME 38 – JANUARY 8, 2020 TORONTO 112, CHARLOTTE 110
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Serge Ibaka made two free throws with 5.1 seconds left in overtime and finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds as the banged-up Toronto Raptors escaped with a 112-110 overtime win over Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night… Terence Davis also had 23 points and 11 boards, OG Anunoby added 19 points and Kyle Lowry had 15 points and nine assists… Patrick McCaw added 13 points and 11 assists as the Raptors avoided taking losses on back-to-back nights for the first time since Dec. 26-27, 2017… Terry Rozier led the Hornets with 27 points, but his 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime fell short… Miles Bridges added 26 points and nine rebounds for Charlotte, and P.J. Washington had 12 points and 12 rebounds… After leading by as many as 12 in the third quarter, the Raptors fell behind by 10 in the fourth quarter when Rozier hit a long 3 from the left wing with 5:25 remaining… The Raptors battled back to take the lead 100-99 with 17 seconds left when Lowry drove the lane and scored on a left-handed layup in traffic… On the Hornets’ ensuing inbounds pass, Ibaka was called for a foul away from the ball after grabbing Washington’s jersey… Rozier sank the automatic free throw to tie it, but Devonte Graham’s runner at the buzzer was short, sending the game into overtime… Davis, making his first NBA start, had two 3-pointers in overtime for the Raptors.
1 2 3 4 OT TOT
TORONTO 29 31 22 18 12 112
CHARLOTTE 31 24 26 19 10 110
NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: Denver Nuggets Date: Sunday, March 1 Tip-Off: 6 p.m. (ET) Venue: Pepsi Center Television: Sportsnet One Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
SERIES RECAP VS. DENVER
OVERALL HOME ROAD 2018-19 0-2 0-1 0-1 ALL-TIME 18-28 11-12 7-16 STREAKS Lost 2 Lost 1 Lost 2
LAST WIN: March 27, 2018 (114-110)
LAST ROAD WIN: November 18, 2016 (113-111 OT)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +27, March 23, 2007
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -39, December 2, 2008
LAST TIME VS. DENVER
GAME 25 – DECEMBER 3, 2018 DENVER 106, TORONTO 103
TORONTO — Nikola Jokic got his second triple-double of the season to help the injury-riddled Denver Nuggets overcome another key absence … Jokic capped a big night with three free throws in the final seven seconds, Kyle Lowry missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Nuggets survived the loss of leading scorer Gary Harris to beat the Toronto Raptors 106-103 … Jokic made it 104-103 with a free throw with 7.0 seconds left, then hit two more foul shots with 5.6 seconds remaining before Lowry bounced a 26footer off the rim … Jokic had 23 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds, Jamal Murray scored 21 points, and Malik Beasley and Juan Hernangomez each scored 15 points for Denver … The Nuggets won their sixth straight and halted Toronto’s winning streak at eight … Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, Serge Ibaka had 15 and Pascal Siakam 14 for the Raptors … Kyle Lowry had 11 assists … Harris scored three points in the opening quarter but did not play after the first because of a sore right hip … The Nuggets led 86-78 to begin the fourth, but Toronto tied it at 94 on Ibaka’s dunk at 4:41 … Jokic had seven assists in the first quarter.
1 2 3 4 TOT
DENVER 27 32 27 20 106
TORONTO 24 23 31 25 103
GAME 58 – FEBRUARY 25, 2020 MILWAUKEE 108 , TORONTO 97
TORONTO — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points and 19 rebounds, Khris Middleton scored 22 points and the Bucks beat the Raptors 108-97 on Tuesday night in a matchup between the top teams in the Eastern Conference … Eric Bledsoe scored 17 points and Brook Lopez had 15 as the NBA-leading Bucks won their fourth straight and 18th of 20 … Milwaukee (50-8) was playing the second game of a back-to-back after winning in overtime at Washington Monday … Behind by 12 points late in the second quarter, the Bucks rallied to beat the Raptors in their first game in Toronto since losing Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals last May, completing a disappointing collapse after winning the first two games of that series at home … Antetokounmpo finished with eight assists, narrowly missing a triple-double … Pascal Siakam scored 22 points and Fred VanVleet had 14 as the defending NBA champion Raptors lost for the second time in 19 games … Toronto trailed 84-71 to begin the fourth, but Terence Davis scored five points as the Raptors closed the gap with a 7-0 spurt over the first 90 seconds of the final quarter … VanVleet’s four-point play with 2:23 left cut it to 101-94, and the Raptors forced a steal on Milwaukee’s next possession but VanVleet missed a 3 … Antetokounmpo hit a 3 at the other end, restoring the double-digit advantage.
1 2 3 4 TOT
MILWAUKEE 25 25 34 24 108
TORONTO 27 25 19 26 97
GAME 57 – FEBRUARY 23, 2020 TORONTO 127 , INDIANA 81
TORONTO — Kyle Lowry had 16 points and 11 assists as the Toronto Raptors beat the Indiana Pacers 127-81 in Toronto’s most lopsided victory in franchise history … Lowry stretched his career-best streak of consecutive double-doubles to six games in the Raptors’ ninth straight victory at Scotiabank Arena … It was also the Raptors’ 17th win in their last 18 outings … Pascal Siakam added 21 points while Serge Ibaka chipped in with 15 points and 15 rebounds … Matt Thomas finished with 17 points, Terence Davis had 13, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 12, and Chris Boucher hauled down 11 rebounds to go with nine points for Toronto … Domantas Sabonis and Aaron Holiday had 14 points apiece to top the Pacers, who were missing Victor Oladipo … The Raptors held the Pacers to four baskets on 17.4 per cent shooting in the first quarter … By the time Fred VanVleet launched a running three-pointer with four seconds left in the first half, the Raptors were up by 31 points … The Pacers’ 32 points at halftime were a season-low for a half by an opponent … Toronto took an 85-55 lead into the fourth, and when Hollis-Jefferson connected on a bucket with 8:19 to play, the Raptors were up by 40 … Back-to-back three -pointers by Thomas put the Raptors up by 46 points with 2:17 to play … Toronto shot 51.1 per cent on the night, while holding Indiana to 32.6 per cent and 24.2 per cent from three-point range.
1 2 3 4 TOT
INDIANA 12 20 23 26 81
TORONTO 34 29 22 42 127
CHARLOTTE HORNETS (20-38 vs. TORONTO RAPTORS (42-16) GAME #59 – ROAD GAME #32 February 28, 2020 – 7:30 p.m. (ET) Scotiabank Arena – Toronto, ON TV: Fox Sports Southeast: WFNZ – 102.5 FM / 610 AM
Record Overall Home Road Overtime Overall
20-38 9-18 11-20 1-1
Eastern 14-22 8-11 6-11 1-0
Western 6-16 1-7 5-9 0-1
PROBABLE STARTERS 2019-20 STATS BUZZWORTHY
0 MILES BRIDGES F • 6-6 • 225 • Michigan State PPG • 13.2 RPG • 5.5 APG • 1.7 • Drafted 12th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft • Scored a career-high 31 points along with a career-high 13 rebounds at WAS on 11/22 • Has scored 20-or-more points in six games since January 1, 2020
25 PJ WASHINGTON F • 6-7 • 236 • Kentucky PPG • 11.8 RPG • 5.4 APG • 2.1 • 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 • 240 • Indiana PPG • 11.1 RPG • 7.1 APG • 1.5 • Averaging a career-high 11.1 points and a careerhigh 7.1 rebounds per game • 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 • 17.6 RPG • 3.5 APG • 7.6 • Recorded a career-high 40 points at BKN on 12/11 • Averaging a career-high 7.6 assists per game, tied for 7th among all players in the NBA this season.
3 TERRY ROZIER G • 6-1 • 195 • Louisville PPG • 17.5 RPG • 4.5 APG • 4.1 • Acquired by the Hornets on July 6, 2019 • Spent first four seasons with the Boston Celtics • Averaging career highs in points, assists, steals, threes per game.
Charlotte vs. Toronto – Connections Hornets F/C Cody Zeller and Raptors F OG Anunoby both played college basketball at Indiana…Hornets C Bismack Biyombo played in Toronto in the 2015-16 season…Hornets C Willy Hernangomez and C Marc Gasol are teammates on the Spanish National Team, most recently competing together in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
STARS ON THE RISE – PLAYER DEVELOPMENT On Friday, Feb. 14 Miles Bridges, Devonte’ Graham and PJ Washington represented Team USA in the 2020 NBA Rising Stars game, with Miles Bridges earning game MVP honors (20 points, five rebounds, five assists). The game is made up of the best first-and-second-year players as part of the 2020 NBA All-Star weekend. Charlotte and Memphis are the only two teams to have three players in the contest. This is the first time in franchise history the Hornets have had three players selected to the event.
HIVE HUSTLE – COMPETE AT A HIGH LEVEL Cody Martin and Devonte’ Graham have each drawn 12 charges this season, tied for tenth-most in the league this season. The Hornets are one of just two teams in the NBA to have two players rank in the top-ten of charges drawn (Washington: Wagner, Beal).
BACKCOURT BUZZING – ESTABLISH AN IDENTITY In Charlotte’s home win against the Knicks (2/26), Terry Rozier scored a game-high 26 points and Devonte’ Graham added 21 points, the eighth game this season both guards have scored 20+ in the same game. In the Hornets’ 2/8 loss to Dallas, Devonte’ Graham and Terry Rozier each made 3 threes, the 17th time this season both guards have made 3+ threes in the same game. In the Hornets’ 1/13 loss to the Blazers, the Hornets starting backcourt (Devonte’ Graham and Terry Rozier) combined for 52 points, the ninth time this season that the backcourt duo has combined for 50-ormore points. Graham (192) and Rozier (148) are one of five pairs of teammates in the NBA to each have 140+ made threes (Lillard/McCollum – POR, Harden/McLemore – HOU, Walker/Tatum – BOS, Mitchell/Bogdanovic – UTA).
CLUTCH IN CLUTCH TIME – COMPETE AT A HIGH LEVEL The Hornets have a 15-13 record in clutch time this season, tied for 11th most clutch wins in the league. Charlotte has an offensive rating of 120.1 (ranking third), a defensive rating of 105.4 (ranking 13th) and a net rating of 14.6 (ranking seventh) in clutch time. The Hornets are shooting 49.2% from the field in clutch time, ranking second in the league and shooting a league-leading 44.9% from three in clutch time. Charlotte averages 1.6 assists in the clutch, fifth most in the NBA and has an assist ratio of 14.7, good for fourth in the NBA.
LONG DISTANCE BUZZ – ESTABLISH AN IDENTITY In Charlotte’s win over New York (2/26), the Hornets made 10 threes collectively. This is the 42nd game this season that the Hornets have made 10+ threes in a game, the fifth most such games in a season in franchise history. The 2018-19 Hornets hold the franchise record with 60 games.
SHARING IS CARING – ESTABLISH AN IDENTITY Through 58 games the Hornets are averaging 305.4 passes per game, good for sixth most in the NBA this season. 63.7% of all Hornets baskets have been assisted thus far this season, fourth in the league. In Charlotte’s loss to San Antonio (2/1) the Hornets recorded 29 assists on 35 field goals, good for an assist-percentage of 82.8. In the Hornets loss to Denver (1/15) Charlotte made 33 field goals with 28 assists. The mark of 84.8% of field goals assisted is the team’s highest since 2/11/14 and is the fifth-highest assist percentage in a game this season.
WALK THE LINE – BUILDING WINNING HABITS Through 58 games the Hornets’ opponents are allowing just 21.6 free throws, the seventh-lowest free throw attempts in the NBA to this point. Charlotte’s opponents average 18.2 free-throw attempts per game, the fewest in the league this season.
CLOSING OUT CLOSE GAMES – BUILDING WINNING HABITS The Hornets are tied for the league lead with eight wins in one-possession games this season. Charlotte also has 10 come-from-behind wins this season after trailing by double-digits, tied for the seventh most in the league this season per Elias.
GOOD SHOT SELECTION – ESTABLISH AN IDENTITY The Hornets are striving for a style of play built around taking shots at the rim and knocking down three-point field goals. Charlotte ranks 5th in the NBA in percentage of shots taken at the rim (38.3%) and 9th in the NBA in percentage of shots taken from the three-point line (37.2%), meaning the team is taking the fifth-fewest mid-range shots in the NBA (24.5%).
RAPTORS NOTES • The Toronto Raptors play the second game of a back-to-back set Wednesday night when they face the Hornets in Charlotte at Spectrum Center. The Raptors have won six of the last eight games against the Hornets, including the first meeting this season. OG Anunoby scored a career-high 24 points and Chris Boucher posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in a 132-96 victory Nov. 18 in Toronto.
• Serge Ibaka recorded his sixth straight double-double (Dec. 28 – Jan. 7) with 17 points and a team-high 11 rebounds in 32 minutes Jan. 7 vs. Portland, one game shy of the longest streak of his career. Ibaka leads the Raptors with 10 double-doubles this season. All 10 of Ibaka’s double-doubles have come in the last 15 games (Dec. 9 – Jan. 7). He is averaging 18.2 points and 11.2 rebounds over the last six games. Ibaka posted a double-double in a career-long seven consecutive games last season (Jan. 22 – Feb. 5, 2019).
• The Raptors are 2-3 (.600) this season in the second game of a back-to-back set. Toronto is averaging 100.2 points and shooting .424 (184-434) from the field, including .326 (59-181) from three-point range, with zero days rest. Toronto was 9-3 (.750) in the second game of a back-to-back last season.
• Kyle Lowry recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 24 points and 10 assists in 38 minutes Tuesday night vs. Portland. Lowry has dished out five or more assists in each of his 26 games this season, the longest single-season streak of that kind in his career. The only other players who had at least five assists in 25 straight games within a season for the Raptors are Damon Stoudamire (40-game streak in 1995–96) and Jose Calderon (25-game streak in 2007–08 and 44-game streak in 2010–11).
• Toronto matched a season high with 17 offensive rebounds Jan. 7 vs. Portland. In his second start of the season, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson grabbed a team-high five offensive boards against the Trail Blazers. Hollis-Jefferson currently ranks second on the Raptors with 67 offensive rebounds, behind Chris Boucher (70). Toronto has collected at least 10 offensive rebounds in each of the last four games (Dec. 31 – Jan. 7); averaging 13.8 offensive boards during this span.
• Pascal Siakam (groin; stretch), Fred VanVleet (right hamstring; strain), Norman Powell (left shoulder; subluxation) and Marc Gasol (left hamstring; strain) have accounted for 44 per cent of Toronto’s total points this season (1800-of-4087) despite missing a combined 36 games due to injury.
• Matt Thomas contributed eight points and six rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench Tuesday against the Trail Blazers. Thomas returned to the lineup after missing the previous 21 games (Nov. 25 – Jan. 4) with a fracture in his left middle finger. Thomas is shooting 50 per cent (16-32) from beyond the arc this season.
• CHARLOTTE CONNECTIONS: Hornets centre Bismack Biyombo averaged 5.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in 82 games during his lone season in Toronto (2015-16) … Biyombo helped the Raptors reach the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time … Charlotte assistant coach Jay Triano spent nine seasons (2002-11) in the Raptors organization, serving as an assistant coach before being named interim head coach Dec. 3, 2008 … Triano was promoted to head coach at the end of the season … Hornets assistant coach Nate Mitchell spent three seasons (2015-18) as an assistant with Raptors 905, Toronto’s G League affiliate.
F – OG ANUNOBY #3
MIN: 29.8 REB: 5.9 AST: 1.6 STL: 1.1 TO: 1.3 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 10.9
• Contributed eight points, six rebounds and one block in 30 minutes Jan. 7 vs. Portland. • Toronto is 15-4 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points. • Shooting a career-best .489 (156-319) from the field, has shot at least 50 per cent from the floor in 19 games.
F – RONDAE HOLLIS-JEFFERSON #4
MIN: 20.6 REB: 5.3 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.9 TO: 1.0 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 8.6
• Made second start of the season Jan. 7 vs. Portland; finished with eight points and six rebounds in 25 minutes. • Averaging 11.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 26.4 minutes in two starts this season. • Has scored in double figures 12 times, including five times in the last 10 games (Dec. 20 – Jan. 7).
C – SERGE IBAKA #9
MIN: 25.9 REB: 8.3 AST: 1.2 STL: 0.4 TO: 2.0 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 14.6
• Recorded team-leading 10th double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds in 32 minutes Dec. 7 vs. Portland. • Averaging 17.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 31.7 minutes in 10 games as a starter. • Shooting .500 (74-148) from the field on the road, including 36 per cent from three-point range (9-25).
F – PATRICK McCAW #22
MIN: 26.9 REB: 2.6 AST: 1.9 STL: 1.3 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.1 PTS: 6.1
• Totaled six points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals in 36 minutes Jan. 7 vs. Portland. • In 10 starts this season, averaging 8.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 30.2 minutes. • Has played at least 20 minutes in a career-long 13 straight games (Dec. 14 – Jan. 7).
G – KYLE LOWRY #7
MIN: 38.3 REB: 4.7 AST: 7.5 STL: 1.1 TO: 3.0 BLK: 0.5 PTS: 21.0
• Posted fifth double-double of the season with team highs of 24 points and 10 assists Jan. 7 vs. Portland. • Has made at least two three-pointers in 13 straight games (Dec. 14 – Jan. 7); totaled 46 threes during this span. • Has scored 20+ points 17 times; something he did 15 times in 65 games last season.
INJURY REPORT Marc Gasol (Left hamstring; strain) – Out Dewan Hernandez (Right ankle; sprain) – Out Norman Powell (Left shoulder; subluxation ) – Doubtful Pascal Siakam (Groin; stretch) – Out Fred VanVleet (Right hamstring; strain) – Out
LAST GAME’S STARTERS
0 MILES BRIDGES F • 6-6 • 225 • Michigan State PPG • 12.1 RPG • 5.5 APG • 1.8 Drafted 12th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft Scored a career-high 33 points along with a career-best 13 rebounds at WAS on 11/22 Scored 14 points with six rebounds, three steals and a block in his first career start vs. WAS on 2/22/18
25 PJ WASHINGTON F • 6-7 • 236 • Kentucky PPG • 12.6 RPG • 5.4 APG • 1.9 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
8 BISMACK BIYOMBO C • 6-8 • 255 • Baloncesto Fuenlabrada PPG • 8.0 RPG • 5.9 APG • 0.8 Averaging 8.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in 22 games as a starter this season In his second stint in Charlotte after being drafted by the Bobcats in 2009
4 DEVONTE’ GRAHAM G • 6-1 • 195 • Kansas PPG • 19.1 RPG • 3.8 APG • 7.8 Recorded a career-high 40 points at BKN on 12/11 Averaging a career-high 7.8 assists per game, ranking 6th among all players in the NBA this season.
3 TERRY ROZIER G • 6-1 • 195 • Louisville PPG • 18.0 RPG • 4.4 APG • 4.4 Acquired by the Hornets on July 6, 2019 Spent first four seasons with the Boston Celtics Averaging career highs in points, assists, steals, threes per game
SCARY TERRY In Charlotte’s loss to Indiana on 1/6 Terry Rozier led the team with 28 points and six assists. Rozier has scored 25-or-more points in three-straight games (1/2 – 1/6), a career-best streak of such games. Rozier is averaging 21.2 points over his last five games, compared to his 18.0 ppg on the season. The first year Hornet is averaging a career-high in points (18.0), assists (4.4) and steals (1.2) per game and has improved his three-point shooting. He is taking a career-high 6.7 three-point attempts this season and shooting a career-best 39.1% from three, making 2.6 per game.
DISHING DEVONTE’ Graham is averaging 7.8 assists per game, ranking sixth among all players in the league this year and third among all second-year players. Graham’s assists are creating 19.8 points per game, ranking sixth in the league. In the Hornets’ 1/4 win over the Mavericks Devonte’ Graham recorded his team-best 12th double double of the season with 27 points, 13 assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block. Graham has notched a double double in five of his last seven outings. His 12 double doubles on the season rank third among all guards in the NBA (tied with Rubio and Westbrook).
e second-highest percentage among all players attempting 3-or-more catch-and-shoot threes per game (min. 10 games).
DOUBLE DOUBLES IN DALLAS In the Hornets victory over the Mavericks on 1/4, three Hornets players recorded double doubles. Miles Bridges scored 11 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. Bismack Biyombo scored 11 points and brought down a team-high 13 rebounds and Devonte’ Graham added 27 points and dished 13 assists in the win.
BLOCK PARTY In Charlotte’s loss to Boston on 12/31 Hornets rookie PJ Washington scored 15 points along with five rebounds, three assists and a block. Washington recorded a block in nine-straight appearances (12/4 – 12/31), the longest streak of such games by any rookie in the NBA this season.
ELITE COMPANY Through his first 34 games of the season (10/23 – 12/29) Devonte’ Graham totaled 128 three pointers and 259 assists. He joins James Harden (2x) as just the second player in NBA history to total 125-or-more threes and 250-or-more assists through the first 35 games of a season.
UNDER CONTROL In Charlotte’s 12/22 loss to the Celtics Devonte’ Graham recorded 23 points, ten assists and zero turnovers. Graham is just the seventh player in franchise history to record 20-plus points and 10-plus assists while committing zero turnovers in a single game. He is the fifth player to record such a game in the NBA this season (James, Butler, Rubio, VanVleet).
The Boston Celtics ended the year in style. Playing without Jaylen Brown, Boston rebounded from Saturday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors, earning a 109-92 win Tuesday afternoon over the Charlotte Hornets. The Celtics received strong contributions from their best players, as Jayson Tatum (24 points, seven rebounds), Kemba Walker (22 points, seven assists) and Gordon…Celtics Wrap: Boston Gets Back On Track With 109-92 Victory Over Hornets — NESN.com