Leonard scores 22 points as Raptors rout Hornets 127-106
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 23, 2018 09:56 AM
TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 19: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors looks on prior to the game against the Boston Celtics on October 19, 2018 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — 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 Charlotte Hornets on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time), the Raptors' fourth straight win to open the season.
Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points, Danny Green had 16, and Serge Ibaka added 15 as the Raptors won for the ninth time in 11 meetings with the Hornets.
Toronto is the first NBA team to reach four wins. Denver (3-0) can match the Raptors when it hosts Sacramento on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).
Leonard returned after sitting out Saturday night's (Sunday, PHL time) 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.
Kemba Walker scored 26 points and Jeremy Lamb had 16 as the Hornets dropped their first road game of the season. Charlotte won at Orlando on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) and beat Miami on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).
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 three-pointers. Walker's 19 three-pointers through the first three games set an NBA record.
Charlotte went 0-for-5 from three-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.
The Hornets entered having made an NBA-best 49 three-pointers through their first three games, but struggled from long range against the Raptors. Charlotte finished 9 for 28 from beyond the arc.
The Raptors, meanwhile, made a season-best 15 three-pointers. Toronto's 39 attempts was the team's most in a game, so far.
Toronto also recorded a season-high in assists, with 36 on 50 made baskets. The Raptors had 24 assists in Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) win over Boston.
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 (Thursday, PHL time). ... 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.
Hornets: At Chicago on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Raptors: Host Minnesota on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).