The Toronto Raptors defeated the Charlotte Hornets 132-120 on Tuesday night at the Scotiabank Arena, in a high scoring affair. Pascal Siakam dropped 28 points in 10-16 shooting and had 8 boards and 7 dimes to go with it. Anunoby and Trent Jr. chipped in with 22 and 24 points respectively.
This was the Raptors second win in a row, improving their record to 18-23 on the season. The team now sits in the 11th seed in the NBA Eastern Conference, three games out of a playoff position. Toronto has gone 5-5 in their last 10, looking extremely inconsistent thanks in large part to their underwhelming bench production.
While the offensive side of the ball seemed to click in the Tuesday win, with the Raps shooting 49.5% from the field, the team’s defense was once again very questionable. Toronto allowed Charlotte to shoot 54.7% from the floor and 42.9% from beyond the arc.
Starting point guard Fred VanVleet continued to struggle with his scoring, managing only 11 points in 3-10 shooting. He was however able to contribute in other ways, dishing out 8 assists and grabbing 7 rebounds.
The game was relatively close going into the last quarter, as the Raptors held a slight lead at 96-94. It wasn’t until a couple of big threes from OG Anunoby, half way through the 4th, that Toronto was able to pull away.
The Raptors will need a few more easy wins before they are in a competitive position to make a run for the playoffs. With almost half the season in the books, the team has plenty of time but will need to glue together sooner rather than later if they have playoff aspirations.
Up Next for the Raptors
Next up for Toronto will be round two with the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night. The game will once again take place at the Scotiabank Arena, where the Raptors will be looking to notch their third win in a row. Given how their last meeting went, you can expect the odds to be in favor of the Raptors to complete the sweep.
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