The Toronto Raptors start their five-game homestand with a victory.
It didn't come easy, but the Raptors held off a late push from the Charlotte Hornets to win their third game of the season. Chris Boucher led the way for the Raptors with 25 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
For more on the game, check below for updates, stats and highlights.
Final score: Toronto Raptors 111, Charlotte Hornets 108
9:47 p.m. - The Raptors survive a late push from the Hornets and hold onto the win. With the victory, the Raptors improve to 3-8 on the season. Next up, another matchup with the Hornets on Saturday.
9:34 p.m. - The Hornets are hanging around but the Raptors are still keeping distance.
After a LaMelo Ball triple makes it a six-point game, Chris Boucher gets a tip-in to go to put the Raptors back up eight points.
Toronto leads 107-99 with 3:38 left in the fourth.
9:26 p.m. - It takes nearly five minutes for Toronto to gets its first score of the fourth but it couldn't have come at a better time.
A layup from Pascal Siakam makes it a 101-94 Raptors lead with 7:14 remaining in the fourth.
After snapping the drought, can Toronto pull away?
9:18 p.m. - Charlotte's not going away.
A quick 7-0 run has cut the deficit to six as the Raptors lead 99-93 with 9:58 remaining in regulation.
We could be in for another wild finish…
End of Third Quarter: Raptors 99, Hornets 86
9:13 p.m. - Three quarters down, one to go and Toronto holds a 13-point lead.
The Raptors have taken advantage of the Hornets being on the second end of a back-to-back as they have continuously pushed the pace in this one. Toronto has scored 30 points off of 18 Charlotte turnovers with another quarter to play.
Chris Boucher still leads the way with 18 points but Kyle Lowry (16) and Fred VanVleet (17) have scored a combined 33 points while shooting a combined 9-for-17 from deep.
For the Hornets, Terry Rozier is up to 18 points to lead the way while rookie LaMelo Ball is up to nine points to go along with eight assists.
Toronto looks to hold onto a fourth-quarter lead to earn its third win of the season.
9:05 p.m. - More transition offence leads to another assisted 3 for the Raptors. This time, it's Fred VanVleet setting up Kyle Lowry to put Toronto up by 13 points.
Timeout Hornets as the Raptors lead 92-79 with under four minutes remaining in the third.
Lowry is up to 16 points and 10 assists on the night while VanVleet has 17 points and seven assists. Toronto has assisted on 29 of its 32 made field goals so far.
"Picked the wrong guy to leave open"- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 15, 2021
9:00 p.m. - We've reached the first break of the second half and the Raptors lead 83-74.
Toronto's second unit is getting the job done so far as it's up to 36 points on the night. We're about midway through the third quarter and the Raptors look to stay in command having already blown a few leads this season.
8:51 p.m. - After a hot first half, Chris Boucher starts the second half in place of Aron Baynes.
Kyle Lowry gets the second half underway with a triple to put the Raptors back up by double digits.
Halftime: Raptors 71, Hornets 62
8:35 p.m. - Whew… that turned into a track meet.
Simple, yet effective pic.twitter.com/feks68NiGB- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 15, 2021
Toronto takes a nine-point lead into the half of a game in which the teams have gotten the pace going. A look at the halftime stat sheet can tell the story, specifically, fast-break numbers, points off of turnovers as well as 3-point shooting.
Chris Boucher leads all scorers with 16 points off the bench while second-year forward P.J. Washington leads the Hornets with 15 points and six rebounds. The second half should be a good one.
8:24 p.m. - The second quarter is winding down and the Raptors are still in command.
Toronto leads 57-47 with 4:32 remaining in the half.
Chris Boucher is well on his way to surpassing his career-high of 25 points as he's up to 16 points on 4-for-5 shooting in 12 minutes. Kyle Lowry is nearing a double-double with 10 points and eight assists in the first half.
P.J. Washington leads the Hornets with 13 points while LaMelo Ball is up to seven assists.
8:15 p.m. - The second unit and the defence are making plays as Toronto is making the most of its rest advantage over Charlotte.
Timeout on the floor as the Raptors lead 48-40 with 8:11 remaining in the first half.
Chris Boucher is up to a game-high 12 points, propelling the Raptors' second unit, which is outscoring the Hornets reserves 27-8. Norman Powell has also made plays and is up to nine points on 4-for-7 shooting.
End of First Quarter: Raptors 35, Hornets 34
8:08 p.m. - Toronto catches fire from deep, closing the quarter on a 12-3 run to take a one-point lead into the second frame.
Stanley Johnson, Yuta Watanabe and Chris Boucher each hit a triple while Charlotte's three points came from Miles Bridges in the span.
.@wacchi1013: Instant impact pic.twitter.com/Qk5CIMA0AA- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 15, 2021
3... 2... 1... BONJOUR pic.twitter.com/DBP4LhckXn- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 15, 2021
The Raptors end the first quarter shooting a red-hot 8-for-14 (57.1%) from beyond the arc while the Hornets shot 4-for-8 (50.0%). Kyle Lowry is up to seven points and five assists while LaMelo Ball has dished out five assists of his own in under seven minutes.
7:58 p.m. - Devonte' Graham sinks a triple off of a LaMelo Ball assist to give the Hornets a 26-21 lead.
Ball is up to three assists in three minutes and the Hornets are shooting 10-for-16 (62.5%) from the field. P.J. Washington leads Charlotte with eight points while OG Anunoby is up to a game-high nine on the night.
7:48 p.m. - We're nearing the midway point of the first frame and things are all tied up at 11.
Timeout on the floor with 6:39 remaining in the first.
OG Anunoby leads all scorers with eight points on a perfect 3-for-3 shooting while Terry Rozier leads the Hornets with a quick four points.
7:42 p.m. - After the Raptors forced a shot clock violation on the opening possession, OG Anunoby gets the team on the board first with a pretty impressive dunk.
More dunks for your headtop. pic.twitter.com/lKUUMT5I3o- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 15, 2021
7:00 p.m. - Nick Nurse switches things up again, going back to a starting unit of Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Aron Baynes.
Tonight's @Invisalign starting lineup. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/0CHuPGWWEq- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 15, 2021
Starting for the Hornets: Devonte' Graham, Terry Rozier, Caleb Martin, P.J. Washington and former Raptor Bismack Biyombo.
🖐#AllFly | @HusqvarnaUSA pic.twitter.com/fr8xAffszK- Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) January 14, 2021
6:00 p.m. - Gordon Hayward, who is off to an amazing start to the season, is listed as doubtful with a hip strain.
🚨 INJURY REPORT vs TOR 🚨- Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) January 14, 2021
Gordon Hayward (L hip strain) is doubtful.
Cody Zeller (L hand fracture) is out.#AllFly | @NovantHealth pic.twitter.com/Ga16NG1m81