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Raptors overcome sluggish start to beat Hornets 129-111

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The streaking Toronto Raptors more or less had their fourth straight win locked up by halftime. And that was before DeMar DeRozan got hot.

DeRozan scored 18 of his 28 points after halftime and the Raptors overcame a slow start to beat the Charlotte Hornets 129-111 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.

Toronto has won 10 of 11 and is in third place in the Eastern Conference.

''We kept it going,'' Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. ''It's really good when we get nights like this.''

Serge Ibaka led the charge in the first half when he scored 15 of his 24 points. Rookie OG Anunoby shot 6 of 7 from beyond the arc and scored a career-high 20 points.

''I'm getting more comfortable every game,'' Anunoby said.

Anunoby's long-range shooting led a larger scale Raptors attack. Toronto connected on 8 of 13 3-point shots in the first half and finished 16 of 33.

''You're not going to have nights like this all the time, but it looks really good when you have nights like this,'' Lowry said.

The Hornets got a career-best 32 points from reserve Jeremy Lamb but lost for the 11th time in 13 games.

''My teammates put me in great positions to score, and I was able to knock shots down,'' said Lamb. ''But we were down 20 the whole game, so it doesn't really mean much. We've just got to play better.''

Charlotte closed the first quarter on a 14-2 run to lead 26-22, but the game turned with a 12-2 Toronto run early in the second quarter. The Raptors scored 41 points in the second period en route to a 63-47 halftime lead. Toronto had 10 assists and hit 15 of 23 shots, including 6 of 9 3-pointers, in the quarter.

Lamb piled up points on 11-of-17 shooting. He scored 19 points in 15 first-half minutes. Lamb's previous high of 27 came Nov. 3 at San Antonio.

Dwight Howard and Kemba Walker scored 15 points apiece, with Howard adding nine rebounds. Johnny O'Bryant III added 10 points for Charlotte.

The Raptors lead peaked at 25. Toronto's Pascal Siakam scored 12 points and Kyle Lowry added 11.

The loss is Charlotte's worst since a 106-86 setback against San Antonio Nov. 25.

TIP INS:

Raptors: C.J. Miles (dental procedure) and Lucas Noguiera (right calf) missed the game. ... The Raptors are 32-42 against Charlotte, including 12-25 on the road. Toronto won the teams' first meeting of the year 126-113 in Toronto on Nov. 29.

Hornets: Cody Zeller (left knee surgery) and Treveon Graham (lower back spasms) did not play. Marcus Paige (transferred to G League) was unavailable. ... Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a right shoulder strain on a collision at the basket in the third quarter and did not return. ... Howard, a 52.6 percent foul shooter, received an ovation for sinking two free throws in the first quarter. He finished the night 5 of 6 at the line. ... Nicolas Batum was held scoreless in 26 minutes and attempted one shot.

IMPROVING SHOOTER

Raptors coach Dwane Casey did not view Anunoby as a 3-point threat coming out of Indiana.

''We saw the defense, the toughness, the physicality,'' said Casey. ''But the 3-point shooting is something he's worked his behind off and has really, really improved.''

Anunoby is shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc, best on the team.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Visit Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Hornets: at Milwaukee on Friday night.

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Key Players
D. DeRozan
10 SG
K. Walker
15 PG
35.2 Min. Per Game 35.2
21.4 Pts. Per Game 21.4
6.0 Ast. Per Game 6.0
3.7 Reb. Per Game 3.7
48.9 Field Goal % 41.4
48.6 Three Point % 41.5
80.4 Free Throw % 86.2
  Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam 0:10
  Malik Monk missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:13
  Team rebound 0:27
  Johnny O'Bryant missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:30
+ 2 Fred VanVleet made layup 0:35
+ 2 Johnny O'Bryant made dunk, assist by Malik Monk 0:44
+ 2 Delon Wright made dunk, assist by Pascal Siakam 0:58
  Bad pass turnover on Julyan Stone, stolen by Norman Powell 1:01
  Defensive rebound by Mangok Mathiang 1:07
  Delon Wright missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:10
+ 1 Delon Wright made 1st of 2 free throws 1:10
Team Stats
Points 129 111
Field Goals 49-91 (53.8%) 39-85 (45.9%)
3-Pointers 16-33 (48.5%) 7-23 (30.4%)
Free Throws 15-18 (83.3%) 26-35 (74.3%)
Total Rebounds 46 54
Offensive 10 8
Defensive 33 31
Team 3 15
Assists 35 21
Steals 6 10
Blocks 7 6
Turnovers 14 12
Fouls 27 18
Technicals 0 0
28 PTS, 2 REB, 8 AST
32 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Raptors 21-8 22413630129
home team logo Hornets 11-20 26213232111
Team Stats
away team logo Raptors 21-8 114.8 PPG 45.6 RPG 24.9 APG
home team logo Hornets 11-20 113.8 PPG 43.8 RPG 24.3 APG
Key Players
D. DeRozan SG PPG RPG APG FG%
J. Lamb SG 15.0 PPG 5.6 RPG 1.8 APG 44.4 FG%
Top Scorers
D. DeRozan SG 28 PTS 2 REB 8 AST
J. Lamb SG 32 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
53.8 FG% 45.9
48.5 3PT FG% 30.4
83.3 FT% 74.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. DeRozan 29 28 2 8 0 0 5 1 10/15 3/4 5/6 1 1 41 +11
S. Ibaka 27 24 5 2 0 2 1 2 11/16 2/3 0/0 1 4 34 +17
O. Anunoby 30 20 4 2 1 0 1 1 7/9 6/7 0/1 0 4 28 +28
K. Lowry 24 11 3 8 0 0 3 4 4/7 3/5 0/0 0 3 27 +13
J. Valanciunas 15 4 7 0 2 1 0 4 2/6 0/1 0/0 1 6 14 +14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. DeRozan 29 28 2 8 0 0 5 1 10/15 3/4 5/6 1 1 41 +11
S. Ibaka 27 24 5 2 0 2 1 2 11/16 2/3 0/0 1 4 34 +17
O. Anunoby 30 20 4 2 1 0 1 1 7/9 6/7 0/1 0 4 28 +28
K. Lowry 24 11 3 8 0 0 3 4 4/7 3/5 0/0 0 3 27 +13
J. Valanciunas 15 4 7 0 2 1 0 4 2/6 0/1 0/0 1 6 14 +14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Siakam 17 12 6 4 1 0 0 5 4/8 0/1 4/4 1 5 27 -3
D. Wright 18 9 2 1 0 1 0 1 2/5 0/2 5/6 1 1 14 +7
F. VanVleet 24 8 4 6 1 0 1 1 3/8 2/4 0/0 0 4 24 +4
N. Powell 23 7 2 2 1 0 1 2 3/9 0/4 1/1 0 2 13 -1
J. Poeltl 22 6 8 2 0 3 2 6 3/6 0/0 0/0 5 3 19 +3
M. Miller 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 0 0 -3
L. Nogueira - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Caboclo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McKinnie - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 129 43 35 6 7 14 27 49/91 16/33 15/18 10 33 241 +90
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 27 15 2 2 4 0 2 0 4/12 2/6 5/6 0 2 23 -21
D. Howard 26 15 9 1 0 0 2 4 5/8 0/0 5/6 3 6 24 -15
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 21 8 4 1 3 1 0 1 3/10 0/0 2/4 1 3 18 -12
M. Williams 20 7 4 1 0 0 0 1 2/6 1/4 2/2 1 3 13 -21
N. Batum 25 0 2 5 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 11 -18
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 27 15 2 2 4 0 2 0 4/12 2/6 5/6 0 2 23 -21
D. Howard 26 15 9 1 0 0 2 4 5/8 0/0 5/6 3 6 24 -15
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 21 8 4 1 3 1 0 1 3/10 0/0 2/4 1 3 18 -12
M. Williams 20 7 4 1 0 0 0 1 2/6 1/4 2/2 1 3 13 -21
N. Batum 25 0 2 5 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 11 -18
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Lamb 28 32 3 2 0 1 1 1 11/17 2/2 8/10 1 2 39 -14
J. O'Bryant 21 10 6 0 0 1 0 2 5/11 0/2 0/2 1 5 17 -3
M. Monk 14 8 0 4 1 0 1 1 3/6 2/4 0/0 0 0 16 +3
F. Kaminsky 23 6 1 0 2 0 0 0 3/8 0/2 0/0 0 1 9 0
M. Carter-Williams 15 5 2 2 0 2 3 5 1/3 0/1 3/4 1 1 10 0
D. Bacon 5 5 3 0 0 0 1 0 2/3 0/1 1/1 0 3 7 +5
J. Stone 4 0 0 3 0 1 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 6 +3
M. Mathiang 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 3 +3
M. Paige - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 111 39 21 10 6 12 18 39/85 7/23 26/35 8 31 196 -90