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Leonard scores 22 points as Raptors rout Hornets 127-106

TORONTO (AP) A tough Toronto Raptors defense took the sting out of Charlotte's 3-point shooting.

Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points, Kyle Lowry had 16 points and a season-high 14 assists, and Toronto never trailed in a 127-106 victory over the Hornets on Monday night, the Raptors' fourth straight win to open the season.

"It was a high-scoring, free-shooting team coming in here," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. "We asked them to get out and contest and disrupt some of their rhythm stuff and we did a pretty good job of that."

Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points, Danny Green had 16, and Serge Ibaka added 15 as the Raptors won their fifth straight over the Hornets. The Raptors have won nine of the past 11 meetings.

"We just were not sharp enough or physical enough defensively," Hornets coach James Borrego said.

Toronto is the first NBA team to reach four wins. Denver (3-0) can match the Raptors when it hosts Sacramento on Tuesday.

The Hornets entered having made an NBA-best 49 3-pointers through their first three games, but struggled from long range against the Raptors. Charlotte finished 9 for 28 from beyond the arc.

"You've got to give those guys a lot of credit, they played great defense," Hornets guard Kemba Walker. "But at the same time, I thought we got some pretty good looks. They just didn't drop."

Charlotte went 0 for 5 from 3-point range in the opening quarter, the first time in any quarter this season they've failed to make at least one basket from long range.

"We had some good looks early that didn't go," Borrego said. "Had those dropped early, we might have had a different outcome in the first half at least."

The Raptors, meanwhile, made a season-best 15 3-pointers. Toronto's 39 attempts was the most in a game, so far.

Leonard returned after sitting out Saturday night's road win over Washington, the second game of a back-to-back. The two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year was limited to nine games last season because of a quadriceps injury.

"He's still not back to where he was, but there are glimpses," said guard Danny Green, Leonard's former teammate with San Antonio.

Leonard was not available to speak to reporters following the game because he was working out.

Walker scored 26 points and Jeremy Lamb had 16 as the Hornets suffered their first road loss of the season. Charlotte won at Orlando on Friday and beat Miami on Saturday.

"I thought we could have been better, but that's a great team," Walker said. "They played well together."

Nicolas Batum scored 13 points, Willy Hernangomez had 11 and Malik Monk added 10 for the Hornets.

Before the game, Walker was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging NBA-bests of 35.3 points and 6.3 3-pointers. Walker's 19 3-pointers through the first three games set an NBA record.

"It's a credit to his work ethic, who he is as a person, a competitive spirit he has," Borrego said. "We're in a good place with Kemba Walker."

HELPING HAND

Toronto recorded a season-high 36 assists on 50 made baskets, three shy of the franchisee-high. The Raptors had 24 assists in Friday's win over Boston.

ALL ABOARD

All 13 Raptors players recorded at least one made basket, and 12 of the 13 had at least one assist. Malachi Richardson was the only Toronto player without one.

DOUBLED UP

The Raptors led by double digits for the entire second half.

TIP INS

Hornets: Walker won Player of the Week for the sixth time, breaking the franchise record he had shared with Gerald Wallace. ... Walker had five rebounds and five assists. ... Assistant coach Jay Triano is a former Raptors head coach and the head coach of the Canadian men's basketball team.

Raptors: G Delon Wright (left thigh) missed his fourth straight game, but is expected to return Wednesday. ... Toronto outscored Charlotte 31-5 in fast break points. ... Valanciunas led Toronto with 10 rebounds. ... Leonard failed to get a double-double for the first time in three games.

UP NEXT

Hornets: At Chicago on Wednesday night.

Raptors: Host Minnesota on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
K. Walker
15 PG
K. Leonard
2 SF
36.5 Min. Per Game 36.5
27.5 Pts. Per Game 27.5
2.5 Ast. Per Game 2.5
11.0 Reb. Per Game 11.0
49.0 Field Goal % 45.9
47.0 Three Point % 42.6
78.9 Free Throw % 93.3
  Defensive rebound by Miles Bridges 0:29
  Norman Powell missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:32
+ 2 Malik Monk made floating jump shot, assist by Miles Bridges 0:43
+ 2 Lorenzo Brown made jump shot 0:55
  Bismack Biyombo missed jump shot 1:08
+ 2 OG Anunoby made dunk, assist by Lorenzo Brown 1:25
  Defensive rebound by Greg Monroe 1:29
  Frank Kaminsky missed jump shot 1:30
+ 2 Greg Monroe made driving layup 1:50
+ 2 Jeremy Lamb made jump shot, assist by Bismack Biyombo 1:59
+ 3 Norman Powell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Lorenzo Brown 2:12
Team Stats
Points 106 127
Field Goals 41-97 (42.3%) 50-87 (57.5%)
3-Pointers 9-28 (32.1%) 15-39 (38.5%)
Free Throws 15-18 (83.3%) 12-14 (85.7%)
Total Rebounds 45 53
Offensive 14 5
Defensive 27 41
Team 4 7
Assists 21 36
Steals 5 10
Blocks 5 8
Turnovers 12 13
Fouls 14 21
Technicals 0 0
26 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST
16 PTS, 2 REB, 14 AST
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away team logo Hornets 2-2 22253227106
home team logo Raptors 4-0 31313530127
Team Stats
away team logo Hornets 2-2 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Raptors 4-0 106.6 PPG 42.3 RPG 22.5 APG
Key Players
K. Walker PG PPG RPG APG FG%
K. Leonard SF 30.5 PPG 9.1 RPG 3.9 APG 49.0 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Walker PG 26 PTS 5 REB 5 AST
K. Leonard SF 22 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
42.3 FG% 57.5
32.1 3PT FG% 38.5
83.3 FT% 85.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Walker 26 5 5 11/22 2/7 2/2 2 33 1 0 1 0 5 -22 41
J. Lamb 16 4 0 5/14 1/4 5/6 1 23 0 1 1 1 3 -9 20
N. Batum 13 5 1 4/10 3/7 2/2 2 35 0 0 2 2 3 -22 18
M. Williams 4 2 1 2/6 0/2 0/0 1 20 1 0 0 1 1 -11 9
C. Zeller 2 5 3 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 15 0 1 1 2 3 -7 13
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Walker 26 5 5 11/22 2/7 2/2 2 33 1 0 1 0 5 -22 41
J. Lamb 16 4 0 5/14 1/4 5/6 1 23 0 1 1 1 3 -9 20
N. Batum 13 5 1 4/10 3/7 2/2 2 35 0 0 2 2 3 -22 18
M. Williams 4 2 1 2/6 0/2 0/0 1 20 1 0 0 1 1 -11 9
C. Zeller 2 5 3 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 15 0 1 1 2 3 -7 13
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
W. Hernangomez 11 5 1 4/6 1/1 2/2 0 17 1 0 2 2 3 -7 17
M. Monk 10 2 3 4/12 2/5 0/0 1 24 0 2 2 1 1 -11 18
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 6 5 1 3/8 0/0 0/0 3 16 1 0 0 3 2 -10 14
M. Bridges 6 3 2 3/4 0/1 0/0 2 18 1 0 1 0 3 -5 13
T. Parker 6 1 2 2/7 0/0 2/2 0 14 0 0 2 0 1 0 9
B. Biyombo 4 3 1 1/3 0/0 2/4 0 8 0 1 0 2 1 -3 10
F. Kaminsky 2 1 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 +2 3
D. Graham 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
J. Chealey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Macura - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bacon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 106 41 21 41/97 9/28 15/18 14 232 5 5 12 14 27 -105 187
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Leonard 22 4 3 9/14 4/7 0/0 2 30 2 0 1 0 4 +29 33
K. Lowry 16 2 14 5/9 3/6 3/3 2 31 2 1 1 0 2 +25 48
D. Green 16 6 2 6/8 4/6 0/0 2 26 1 2 1 0 6 +18 28
S. Ibaka 15 8 1 7/12 0/3 1/2 3 24 0 1 4 0 8 +15 22
P. Siakam 4 5 2 2/4 0/1 0/0 3 19 0 0 2 1 4 +16 11
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Leonard 22 4 3 9/14 4/7 0/0 2 30 2 0 1 0 4 +29 33
K. Lowry 16 2 14 5/9 3/6 3/3 2 31 2 1 1 0 2 +25 48
D. Green 16 6 2 6/8 4/6 0/0 2 26 1 2 1 0 6 +18 28
S. Ibaka 15 8 1 7/12 0/3 1/2 3 24 0 1 4 0 8 +15 22
P. Siakam 4 5 2 2/4 0/1 0/0 3 19 0 0 2 1 4 +16 11
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Valanciunas 17 10 2 7/8 0/0 3/4 2 19 2 2 0 2 8 +6 35
N. Powell 9 4 1 3/7 1/4 2/2 3 15 1 0 1 0 4 -9 15
F. VanVleet 8 0 4 4/9 0/2 0/0 2 18 1 0 1 0 0 +2 16
C. Miles 8 1 3 2/5 1/4 3/3 1 16 1 1 1 0 1 -3 16
O. Anunoby 5 4 1 2/7 1/4 0/0 0 24 0 1 1 1 3 +6 11
M. Richardson 3 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
G. Monroe 2 2 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 6
L. Brown 2 0 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
D. Wright - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Loyd - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 127 46 36 50/87 15/39 12/14 21 231 10 8 13 5 41 +105 250