Charlotte Hornets' fourth-quarter rally falls short in loss to the Toronto Raptors

Rick Bonnell, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Basketball

P.J. Washington missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds, as the Charlotte Hornets fell on the road to the Toronto Raptors 111-108.

Washington finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, as the Hornets lost their second in a row to slip to 6-7. Terry Rozier had 22 points and five assists for the Hornets.

The Raptors, playing home games in Tampa. Fla., due to pandemic-related travel restrictions in Canada, made 20 of 50 attempts from 3-point range. Chris Boucher finished with 25 points.

A 20-12 run in the fourth quarter got the Hornets back into the game. With under 10 seconds left, Washington blocked Boucher’s shot into Boucher’s arm and out of bounds. (Hornets got possession via an official’s review.)

That gave the Hornets possession down three with 9.8 seconds left. Rozier found Washington for an open 3. Devonte Graham chased down the rebound along the baseline, but couldn’t retrieve in time for a real look at the basket.

Five observations off the game:




The Hornets played without leading scorer Gordon Hayward, who suffered a strained left hip in Wednesday’s home loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

The Hornets listed Hayward as probable to play Thursday morning, then downgraded him to doubtful, and then out just before tip-off. The Hornets are calling Hayward’s injury day-to-day. The Hornets play the Raptors again in Tampa Saturday. If Hayward sat out that game as well, he’d have a long rest, because Charlotte doesn’t play again after that until next Wednesday versus the Washington Wizards.


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