Raptors mark a season-high in threes as they take care of the Hornets for second consecutive win

Nickeem Khan
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Wednesday, January 11, 2023

The Toronto Raptors won consecutive games for the first time since December 23rd, defeating the Charlotte Hornets to a score of 132-120. This was by far the best offensive exhibition displayed by the Raptors converting on a season-high 20 three-pointers. Although this performance was against the Hornets, the capabilities of this team were on full display. 

Despite the 12-point victory, this was a neck-and-neck match for nearly the entire game. Charlotte was like a thorn in Toronto's side always lingering regardless of any attempt made by the Raptors. 

Terry Rozier was absolutely sensational and continued to add to his track record of incredible performances against the Toronto Raptors with 33 points on an efficient 74 percent shooting from the field. He led the team in scoring, while two others followed behind him with their respective 20+ point performances. 

His backcourt mate, LaMelo Ball, finished with 24 points and 14 assists and Mason Plumlee had himself a game with 21 points and seven rebounds. The offence flowed for both parties especially in the first half, with both teams finishing with more than 60 points.

The game turned into which team could get the most stops when it mattered and it made sense that the defensive-oriented Raptors team was the ones to do it. On the general spectrum, it would seem that Toronto's defence wasn't the best as Charlotte shot 54 percent from the field and had fewer turnovers. Although that is true, Toronto's defence was great when it needed to be.

O.G. Anunoby continued his stellar play defensively with numerous deflections but added 22 points and a season-high six three-pointers. Pascal Siakam led the scoring for Toronto with 28 points, while Gary Trent Jr. also added 24 points.

However, a big contributor to Toronto's success was Precious Achiwua with his best game since coming back from injury. The third-year player finished with 11 points while knocking down three triples. 

The vibes in Toronto were great and can continue as these two teams will face off again on Thursday at 7:30 PM ET, as the Raptors will look to extend their winning streak to three games