Pascal Siakam's 34 points leads the Toronto Raptors to their third straight win against the Hornets

Nickeem Khan
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Thursday, January 12, 2023

For the first time this season, the Toronto Raptors have won three games in a row, after defeating the Charlotte Hornets to a score of 124-114. Solid defence was more of an emphasis and it was apparent with their effort from the opening seconds of the game. Pascal Siakam led the way for the Raptors as they finally look more like the team that many expected them to be.

In their previous matchup, Charlotte played a great game offensively, they were just unable to contain Toronto's perimeter shooting. This was different as they still shot the ball great at 53 percent from the field but committed 21 turnovers being the big difference in this matchup. The Raptors were all over the court defensively and looked more engaged than they've appeared all season.

After notching a season-high in threes, they came back down to reality only converting on 10 of their attempts. However, a consistent for what has been the entire season was the stellar play of Pascal Siakam. The potential All-Star finished with 34 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. He started his offensive onslaught with a plethora of jumpers before attacking the rim and applying pressure on the defensive in that aspect.

It wasn't a one-man job as each starter finished in double-figure points. Precious Achiwua also finished with 10 points, following up his last great performance with another.

Although Toronto played a great game, it wasn't without any contest, as the Charlotte Hornets stayed within striking reach until the final buzzer. LaMelo Ball finished with 32 points and seven assists along with Mason Plumlee with a double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds.

The Raptors now improve to 14-10 on home and have finally got their first taste of a trio of wins for the season. They will now get ready to face the Atlanta Hawks who have dropped 7 of their last 10 on Saturday at 7:30 PM ET.