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DeRozan, Raptors top Hornets 123-103 for 5th straight win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Before the season even began, C.J. Miles admitted he and his teammates boasted about just how good his Toronto Raptors' bench might be.

''We've been saying we're the best bench in the league since Day One,'' he said. ''And if it wasn't true then, it's got to be true now.''

Miles led the charge of Toronto reserves Sunday as he scored 24 points while starter DeMar DeRozan had 25 points and eight assists as the Raptors routed the Charlotte Hornets 123-103.

Six players scored in double figures for the Raptors, who won their fifth straight game and improved to 39-16. Raptors coach Dwane Casey earned his 300th victory as head coach of the team.

Miles shot 6-of-9 from 3-point range as Toronto sank 48.6 percent from long-distance overall.

He led a charge of Raptors reserves who outscored the Hornets' bench players 55-46.

''They're phenomenal,'' Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. ''Our young guys are phenomenal and we really need them. We love continuing to see them grow. They're growing and playing well and it makes it unbelievable.''

It was the starters who helped Toronto pull away in the third quarter, though. Jonas Valanciunas, who finished with 21 points and nine rebounds, scored 10 during an 18-2 run that began the second half. Charlotte shot just 1-for-12 in that span.

Fred VanVleet added 10 points and four assists off the bench for Toronto.

''We just got a good chemistry,'' Miles said. ''We have a lot of fun, play well together. Move the ball. We don't care who scores, who shoots. We just want to get the shots that guys are supposed to take. That's all that matters. And it shows.''

Kemba Walker had 23 points and nine assists as the Hornets lost their fourth in a row. Dwight Howard added 17 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte.

Despite returning Saturday from a West Coast trip featuring four games in six days, the Hornets jumped out to a 10-0 start behind six points and an assist from Walker. Toronto responded with a 12-4 run, with four points and a rebound from DeRozan.

The Hornets' weary legs showed in the end, as they shot 42.7 percent for the game. The Raptors made 56.3 percent.

''Sometimes they say the schedule can catch up with you,'' Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. ''It's not the whole reason we lost, but this last stretch has been a lot of traveling and you can see it.''

Lowry's 3-pointer with 3:30 remaining in the first quarter gave the Raptors their first lead, which they did not relinquish.

TIP-INS

Raptors: Forward OG Anunoby sprained his right ankle in the second quarter and did not return. He played 11 minutes with one rebound and one assist. ... Norman Powell started in place of Anunoby in the third quarter. .... Toronto is 3-1 in afternoon starts this season.

Hornets: Center Cody Zeller remains on a minute restriction limiting him to 20-22 minutes the next few games, Clifford said. ... Forward Marvin Williams experienced soreness in his left ankle Friday after playing against Utah, but an MRI showed no additional damage, Clifford said. Williams missed four games with the injury, Jan. 31 to Feb. 5. ... Walker was honored before the game for setting the record for the most 3-pointers in franchise history. He passed Dell Curry at Phoenix on Feb. 4 when he hit his 930th 3-pointer.

FROM THE BENCH

Toronto's bench ranks near the top in ''hustle'' categories for the NBA. The Raptors' bench is first in steals (4.1) and second in blocks (3.1) and turnovers forced (7.2) per game.

''Their activity is just as important as anything else,'' Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.

LATEST ACQUISITION

Clifford said he was still trying to learn more about newly acquired center Willy Hernangomez, whom Charlotte acquired Feb. 7 from the New York Knicks for Johnny O'Bryant and second-round picks in 2020 and 2021.

''I have to be honest with you, we made this trade, we played three (games) in four (nights) and I haven't had a chance to watch the film,'' Clifford said. ''I'm going to get on that (Monday). He and I are going to work out. I've always liked his skill level. He's a smart player, good size, high IQ. But I haven't done enough film work.''

The 6-foot-11 Hernangomez averaged 4.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in 26 games with the Knicks this season.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Host Miami on Tuesday.

Hornets: Travel to Orlando on Wednesday before the All-Star break.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:02
+ 3 Cody Zeller made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Julyan Stone 0:26
  Defensive rebound by Cody Zeller 0:35
  Norman Powell missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:38
+ 2 Cody Zeller made driving layup 0:57
+ 2 Norman Powell made floating jump shot 1:12
  Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam 1:19
  Malik Monk missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:22
+ 2 Malachi Richardson made jump shot, assist by Norman Powell 1:33
+ 2 Malik Monk made floating jump shot, assist by Cody Zeller 1:46
  Defensive rebound by Cody Zeller 1:53
Team Stats
Points 123 103
Field Goals 49-87 (56.3%) 38-89 (42.7%)
3-Pointers 18-37 (48.6%) 10-23 (43.5%)
Free Throws 7-10 (70.0%) 17-23 (73.9%)
Total Rebounds 48 50
Offensive 6 11
Defensive 34 31
Team 8 8
Assists 35 26
Steals 7 5
Blocks 8 5
Turnovers 12 13
Fouls 24 13
Technicals 1 0
25 PTS, 2 REB, 8 AST
23 PTS, 2 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Raptors 39-16 30322833123
home team logo Hornets 23-33 26291929103
Team Stats
away team logo Raptors 39-16 107.3 PPG 40.1 RPG 21.8 APG
home team logo Hornets 23-33 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. DeRozan SG PPG RPG APG FG%
K. Walker PG 22.1 PPG 3.1 RPG 5.6 APG 43.1 FG%
Top Scorers
D. DeRozan SG 25 PTS 2 REB 8 AST
K. Walker PG 23 PTS 2 REB 9 AST
56.3 FG% 42.7
48.6 3PT FG% 43.5
70.0 FT% 73.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. DeRozan 29 25 2 8 1 1 2 3 10/19 3/6 2/2 0 2 43 +9
J. Valanciunas 23 21 9 2 1 1 0 2 9/14 2/2 1/4 1 8 36 +9
K. Lowry 27 12 3 7 0 0 0 1 4/9 4/9 0/0 1 2 29 +4
S. Ibaka 25 10 8 0 0 2 3 2 5/8 0/3 0/0 2 6 17 +8
O. Anunoby 11 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. DeRozan 29 25 2 8 1 1 2 3 10/19 3/6 2/2 0 2 43 +9
J. Valanciunas 23 21 9 2 1 1 0 2 9/14 2/2 1/4 1 8 36 +9
K. Lowry 27 12 3 7 0 0 0 1 4/9 4/9 0/0 1 2 29 +4
S. Ibaka 25 10 8 0 0 2 3 2 5/8 0/3 0/0 2 6 17 +8
O. Anunoby 11 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. Miles 17 24 1 1 2 1 0 2 8/11 6/9 2/2 0 1 30 +28
F. VanVleet 17 10 3 4 1 0 1 1 4/6 2/3 0/0 0 3 21 +26
P. Siakam 22 9 5 2 1 0 2 1 4/5 1/1 0/0 1 4 17 +12
J. Poeltl 18 4 3 2 0 1 0 1 2/6 0/0 0/0 1 2 12 +25
L. Nogueira 5 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 1 -14
N. Powell 16 2 2 2 0 0 1 3 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 2 7 -5
D. Wright 20 2 2 6 1 2 2 4 0/4 0/2 2/2 0 2 17 +10
M. Richardson 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 3 -12
L. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McKinnie - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 123 40 35 7 8 12 24 49/87 18/37 7/10 6 34 236 +100
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 30 23 2 9 1 1 2 1 7/17 4/6 5/6 0 2 43 -10
D. Howard 28 17 13 3 0 1 2 3 7/11 0/0 3/4 1 12 35 -4
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 23 9 4 0 1 0 0 1 4/7 0/0 1/2 0 4 14 -3
M. Williams 23 6 5 1 0 1 0 2 3/7 0/2 0/0 3 2 14 -9
N. Batum 25 2 3 5 1 0 0 2 0/10 0/2 2/3 2 1 16 -8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 30 23 2 9 1 1 2 1 7/17 4/6 5/6 0 2 43 -10
D. Howard 28 17 13 3 0 1 2 3 7/11 0/0 3/4 1 12 35 -4
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 23 9 4 0 1 0 0 1 4/7 0/0 1/2 0 4 14 -3
M. Williams 23 6 5 1 0 1 0 2 3/7 0/2 0/0 3 2 14 -9
N. Batum 25 2 3 5 1 0 0 2 0/10 0/2 2/3 2 1 16 -8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Lamb 19 13 1 1 0 2 4 1 5/10 1/2 2/2 1 0 14 -22
F. Kaminsky 22 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 3/8 2/4 2/2 2 2 14 -14
C. Zeller 19 10 8 1 0 0 2 1 4/7 1/1 1/3 2 6 18 -16
M. Carter-Williams 17 8 1 3 2 0 1 1 3/5 1/1 1/1 0 1 16 -19
M. Monk 8 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2/5 1/4 0/0 0 0 5 +9
J. Stone 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +3
T. Graham 15 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 -19
D. Bacon 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +12
M. Paige - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mathiang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Hernangomez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 103 42 26 5 5 13 13 38/89 10/23 17/23 11 31 194 -100