The Toronto Raptors host the Charlotte Hornets at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night as part of a three-game homestand. The Raptors (7) are tied with the Chicago Bulls for fewest home games played this season, but have a 6-1 record at home. Toronto has won the season-series versus Charlotte the past two season and won seven of the last nine meetings overall.
Toronto shot .548 (46-for-84) from the field Nov. 25 at Atlanta, marking the sixth time this season the Raptors have finished a game shooting .500-or-better from the field. The Raptors have a .502 FG% through 13 games in November, which is the second-highest for any month in franchise history. Toronto and Minnesota are the only teams in the NBA that have not been held under .400 FG% in a game this season.
Norman Powell led all paced the bench in scoring in three straight games (Nov. 22-25) since returning from injury. Over the last three games he is averaging 14.7 points, while shooting .515 (17-for-33) from the field, 467 (7-for-15) from threepoint range and .600 (3-for-5) at the free throw line. Powell started the first 12 games of the season before missing four games (Nov. 14-19) with a right hip pointer. Powell led the reserves in scoring 13 times last season.
Serge Ibaka and Hornets G Jeremy Lamb were teammates with the Thunder (2012-14). Raptors Assistant Coach Jamaal Magloire played for the Hornets from 2000-02, appearing in 156 games (eight starts).
Last time the teams faced off:
March 29, 2017 at Air Canada Centre – Kemba Walker finished with 19 points as the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Toronto Raptos,110-106. Marco Belinello scored 21 as the Hornets ended a six-game winning streak by the Raptors. Marvin Williams added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets, Nicolas Batum had 15 points, and Frank Kaminsky chilled in with 13. DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 28 points and eight assists. Cory Joseph had 18 points, Serge Ibaka 15, Jonas Valanciunas scored 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds while Patrick Patterson and Norman Powell had 10 apiece. Toronto was outscored 44-32 in the final period. The Hornets went 8 for 10 from the 3-point range in the fourth quarter. They finished the game 16 for 32 from beyond the arc.