Undermanned Raptors Secure Victory Over Hornets
Toronto Raptors defeated Charlotte 114-99. Pascal Siakam scored 27 points and Gary Trent Jr. got his first career double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. They rallied past a missing Hornets team, without Miles Bridges and three other starters due to past legal problems. Bridges was denied entry into Canada because of his legal issues. As a result, the Hornets were already short-handed with injured starters LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward, Mark Williams, and Cody Martin. This win was essential for the Raptors, and their play was appreciated by both the coaches of the teams. The game marked the Raptors’ fourth win in their last five games, showing their consistent improvements. The win was supported by impressive performances from Scottie Barnes, Dennis Schroder, Precious Achiuwa, as well as Trent, who played a critical role in the Raptors’ comeback. Terry Rozier had a strong performance with 22 points, but it wasn’t enough to prevent his team’s fifth straight loss, amidst the ongoing absence of several key players. Bridges has a history of legal trouble, including a domestic violence case, and his absence was felt by the Hornets. The Hornets’ head coach, Steve Clifford, chose not to comment on the reasons for Bridges’ absence, and also mentioned that Nathan Mensah was not present during the game.
Hornets: Visit Indiana Wednesday night.
Raptors: Host Denver on Wednesday night.