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Lowry scores season-high 36 as Raptors beat Hornets 126-113

TORONTO (AP) The Charlotte Hornets came to Canada in search of their first road win in November. They left still without one thanks to Kyle Lowry and his Toronto teammates.

He scored a season-high 36 points, DeMar DeRozan had 30 and the Raptors improved to 7-1 at home by beating the shorthanded Hornets 126-113 on Wednesday night.

Lowry set a new career-high by hitting eight 3-pointers.

''He shoots it so effortlessly,'' DeRozan said of Lowry. ''It's great when you see him get it off the way he does when he's shooting it. Another Kyle night.''

Jonas Valanciunas scored 12 points and Norman Powell had 10 for the Raptors, who never trailed in winning their second straight.

Dwight Howard had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who lost their seventh straight road game and dropped to 1-9 away from home. Jeremy Lamb and Frank Kaminksy each scored 18 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 12.

Toronto has won five straight at home.

''We always preach protecting home court,'' DeRozan said. ''It's always been our comfort zone when we come back home. It's always been big for us.''

Kaminsky said the Hornets can't afford to fall behind by double digits in the first quarter the way they did against Toronto.

''We have to start games better than that, especially on the road,'' Kaminsky said.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said he was ''incredibly disappointed'' with his team's effort after having the past three days off.

''I'm shocked at the level of intensity and attention to detail we played with,'' Clifford said. ''That first half, there was no fight. DeRozan got whatever he wanted, Lowry got whatever he wanted. They took us apart.''

Charlotte guard Kemba Walker did not play for the first time this season because of a bruised left shoulder. An All-Star for the first time last season, Walker was injured in a collision with San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge in Saturday's home loss to the Spurs. Clifford said Walker will be re-evaluated after Thursday's practice in Miami, where Charlotte faces the Heat on Friday night, but sounded doubtful about Walker's hopes for a speedy return.

''He's still really sore,'' Clifford said. ''I would think that unless he gets a lot better tomorrow, Friday will be difficult.''

Walker scored 115 points in four meetings with Toronto last season, his highest total against any opponent.

Nicolas Batum cut it to 109-104 with a 3 with 4:43 left, capping a 7-0 run. DeRozan stopped the spurt with a layup, Serge Ibaka followed with a jumper before Lowry sealed it with his seventh 3-pointer.

TIP-INS

Hornets: Charlotte has not won away from home since beating Memphis on October 30. ... Michael Carter-Williams started in Walker's place.

Raptors: C.J. Miles returned after missing the previous two games following the birth of his daughter. ... C Lucas Nogueira left in the fourth with a strained right calf. ... Fred VanVleet had a career-high nine assists. ... Toronto's eight home games are tied with Chicago for fewest in the NBA. The Bulls are 2-6 at home.

DROWSY DINOSAURS

Casey was furious at his team for allowing a 19-2 Hornets run to begin the third. ''That's totally unacceptable,'' Casey said. ''We're not going to win anything if we come out with that attitude.''

DeRozan said Casey was still steamed about the sluggish start following the game. ''It was pretty loud,'' DeRozan said of Casey's post-game rant.

ROCKY ROAD

Chicago (1-10) is the only NBA team with double digit road defeats. Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Orlando, and Sacramento all have nine road losses.

SPECIAL GUESTS

Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman attended the game, as did actress Elisabeth Moss.

UP NEXT

Hornets: Charlotte's road trip concludes when it faces Southeast Division rival Miami for the first time this season Friday. The Hornets have lost two straight against the Heat.

Raptors: Host Indiana on Friday night. Toronto has won seven straight home games against the Pacers.

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Key Players
D. Howard
12 C
D. DeRozan
10 G
34.2 Min. Per Game 34.2
22.9 Pts. Per Game 22.9
4.6 Ast. Per Game 4.6
4.3 Reb. Per Game 4.3
58.0 Field Goal % 48.4
57.4 Three Point % 47.1
47.3 Free Throw % 80.9
+ 2 Johnny O'Bryant made jump shot 0:12
+ 3 Kyle Lowry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by DeMar DeRozan 0:26
+ 2 Johnny O'Bryant made jump shot, assist by Malik Monk 0:42
+ 2 Jonas Valanciunas made dunk 0:56
  Offensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas 0:56
  DeMar DeRozan missed jump shot 0:59
+ 2 Frank Kaminsky made finger-roll layup, assist by Malik Monk 1:10
+ 1 DeMar DeRozan made free throw 1:20
  Shooting foul on Jeremy Lamb 1:20
+ 2 DeMar DeRozan made layup, assist by Kyle Lowry 1:20
  Defensive rebound by DeMar DeRozan 1:24
Team Stats
Points 113 126
Field Goals 37-79 (46.8%) 52-98 (53.1%)
3-Pointers 9-19 (47.4%) 14-32 (43.8%)
Free Throws 30-35 (85.7%) 8-11 (72.7%)
Total Rebounds 47 49
Offensive 7 11
Defensive 29 28
Team 11 10
Assists 26 24
Steals 6 6
Blocks 2 2
Turnovers 12 9
Fouls 17 23
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
36 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Hornets 8-12 25273328113
home team logo Raptors 13-7 32392233126
Team Stats
away team logo Hornets 8-12 114.3 PPG 44 RPG 24.4 APG
home team logo Raptors 13-7 115.8 PPG 45.5 RPG 25.3 APG
Key Players
D. Howard C PPG RPG APG FG%
K. Lowry G 14.2 PPG 4.4 RPG 10.0 APG 43.6 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Howard C 22 PTS 10 REB 3 AST
K. Lowry G 36 PTS 5 REB 6 AST
46.8 FG% 53.1
47.4 3PT FG% 43.8
85.7 FT% 72.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Howard 30 22 10 3 1 0 1 1 8/12 0/0 6/8 2 8 38 -12
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 27 12 1 1 0 0 0 1 4/8 0/0 4/5 0 1 15 -9
N. Batum 32 10 1 5 1 0 3 1 3/9 1/3 3/3 0 1 19 -8
M. Carter-Williams 32 9 6 5 0 0 5 3 1/10 0/2 7/7 2 4 20 -10
M. Williams 20 5 3 0 3 0 0 0 2/4 1/2 0/0 1 2 11 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Howard 30 22 10 3 1 0 1 1 8/12 0/0 6/8 2 8 38 -12
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 27 12 1 1 0 0 0 1 4/8 0/0 4/5 0 1 15 -9
N. Batum 32 10 1 5 1 0 3 1 3/9 1/3 3/3 0 1 19 -8
M. Carter-Williams 32 9 6 5 0 0 5 3 1/10 0/2 7/7 2 4 20 -10
M. Williams 20 5 3 0 3 0 0 0 2/4 1/2 0/0 1 2 11 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
F. Kaminsky 27 18 7 2 0 0 0 2 7/13 2/4 2/2 1 6 29 -9
J. Lamb 28 18 3 3 1 1 1 4 7/13 2/4 2/2 0 3 28 -17
M. Monk 15 9 2 4 0 1 0 2 3/6 3/4 0/0 0 2 20 -3
C. Zeller 15 6 2 3 0 0 2 2 0/1 0/0 6/8 1 1 12 -2
J. O'Bryant 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 4 +1
T. Graham 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +1
D. Bacon 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 +7
K. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Paige - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mathiang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 113 36 26 6 2 12 17 37/79 9/19 30/35 7 29 197 -65
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Lowry 36 36 5 6 1 0 3 4 12/18 8/11 4/4 1 4 51 +10
D. DeRozan 35 30 4 6 0 0 1 3 14/22 0/2 2/3 1 3 45 +15
J. Valanciunas 22 12 7 0 0 0 1 5 6/12 0/1 0/0 6 1 18 +7
S. Ibaka 29 8 8 1 1 1 2 0 4/12 0/3 0/0 2 6 18 +12
O. Anunoby 19 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 2 3 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Lowry 36 36 5 6 1 0 3 4 12/18 8/11 4/4 1 4 51 +10
D. DeRozan 35 30 4 6 0 0 1 3 14/22 0/2 2/3 1 3 45 +15
J. Valanciunas 22 12 7 0 0 0 1 5 6/12 0/1 0/0 6 1 18 +7
S. Ibaka 29 8 8 1 1 1 2 0 4/12 0/3 0/0 2 6 18 +12
O. Anunoby 19 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 2 3 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Powell 17 10 4 0 0 0 1 0 3/7 2/5 2/2 0 4 13 -4
J. Poeltl 17 8 0 0 1 0 0 4 4/5 0/0 0/1 0 0 9 -7
F. VanVleet 18 8 1 9 0 0 0 2 3/6 2/2 0/1 0 1 27 +11
C. Miles 17 7 0 1 1 0 0 0 3/8 1/6 0/0 0 0 10 +4
P. Siakam 18 4 6 1 0 1 0 2 2/4 0/1 0/0 0 6 13 +1
L. Nogueira 8 3 1 0 1 0 0 3 1/3 1/1 0/0 0 1 5 +13
L. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wright - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Caboclo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McKinnie - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 126 39 24 6 2 9 23 52/98 14/32 8/11 11 28 212 +65