Leading Raptors top Hornets 123-103

Hornets Bounced by Red-Hot Raptors

Toronto responded with a 12-4 run, with four points and a rebound from DeRozan. CJ Miles put up a quick 12 points, hitting a trio of threes and getting the four-point play on one of them, Fred Van Vleet had a couple of his own, and this game felt over just like that.

The Hornets' tired legs showed in the end, as they shot 42.7 percent for the game. Technicals-Toronto coach Raptors (Defensive three second). "They're growing and playing well and it makes it unbelievable".

One could easily say that the Raptors have the deepest bench in the entire National Basketball Association, and they certainly made another case for it today with Toronto's 123-103 blowout victory over the Hornets at Spectrum Center. Sometimes they say the schedule can catch up with you.

Since joining the Raptors in 2011 and missing the postseason in his first two seasons, Casey has led Toronto to four consecutive playoff appearances and a 39-16 record this season. "It's not the whole reason we lost, but this last stretch has been a lot of traveling and you can see it". After heading to the locker room, the Raptors announced that he was out with a sprained ankle and wouldn't return. He again watched the entire fourth quarter from the sidelines, but that was because he went beast mode during the third, rocking a 30.9 usage rate while helping the Raptors pile up a healthy lead. He played 11 minutes with one rebound and one assist. As good as the offense was, it really was the defense that impressed for this group, who might be the new starters if Anunoby is to miss any extended time.

Hornets: Center Cody Zeller remains on a minute restriction limiting him to 20-22 minutes the next few games, Clifford said. Williams missed four games with the injury, January 31 to February 5.

This has been one of the most impressive weeks in franchise history, and apparently not even a Sunday afternoon game could ruin that for the Raptors. He passed Dell Curry at Phoenix on February 4 when he hit his 930th 3-pointer. The Raptors' bench is first in steals (4.1) and second in blocks (3.1) and turnovers forced (7.2) per game.

Casey said he was, "more anxious about our transition defense" than his win milestone, but the players had high praise for their coach.

Clifford said he was still trying to learn more about newly acquired centre Willy Hernangomez, whom Charlotte acquired February 7 from the New York Knicks for Johnny O'Bryant and second-round picks in 2020 and 2021. He and I are going to work out. He's a smart player, good size, high IQ.

TORONTO - Anunoby 0-0 0-0 0, Ibaka 5-8 0-0 10, Valanciunas 9-14 1-4 21, Lowry 4-9 0-0 12, DeRozan 10-19 2-2 25, Miles 8-11 2-2 24, Powell 1-2 0-0 2, Siakam 4-5 0-0 9, Poeltl 2-6 0-0 4, Nogueira 1-1 0-0 2, VanVleet 4-6 0-0 10, Wright 0-4 2-2 2, Richardson 1-2 0-0 2. The Raptors return home to Air Canada Centre on Tuesday for a matchup against Miami.

Either way, however much regression is due the Raptors later, this is a fun ride right now, and the team has just two games left before the All-Star break.

All roads and rails lead to Philadelphia as fans pour into the city for the Eagles' Super Bowl parade.



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