TORONTO – – Pascal Siakam had 24 points and matched his career high with 12 assists, and Gary Trent Jr. scored a season-best 32 for the Toronto Raptors in a 125-113 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night. “To be out there getting wins is more important to me.”
LaMelo Ball scored 25 points and Miles Bridges had 22 for the Hornets, who had won three straight road games but also were missing key players.
James Bouknight scored 18 points, and Mason Plumlee and Terry Rozier each had 12.
“Not enough defense in this game, period,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “We’re all right there. You go into a little slump and it could be the end of the season for you.”
After scoring a season-low 34 points in the first half of Sunday’s loss to Portland, Toronto shot 16 for 26 in the opening period, including 7 for 11 from 3-point range, to lead 39-27 after one.