The Toronto Raptors had a chance to put a dagger through the heart of the Charlotte Hornets in the game’s final seconds, but Kawhi Leonard’s jumper went begging. Devonte’ Graham hauled in the rebound and gave the Hornets one more chance, down two points. After the Raptors gave their foul to give, the Hornets had 3.1 seconds to tie or win the game. The inbound pass was deflected into the back court. All Jeremy Lamb could do was pick it up and heave it.
It went in.
It capped off a roller coaster of a second half. The Hornets turned a one point lead into a twelve point lead over the span of the third quarter, thanks in large part to a franchise record ten 3-pointers in the frame. Dwayne Bacon hit five of those himself.
Those looks dried up in the fourth quarter as the Raptors made a charge before finally catching the Hornets and taking the lead with their penultimate possession.
Kemba Walker struggled from the field, converting just three of his 17 field goal attempts. He made up for it with a fantastic floor game. He chipped in 4 steals, 8 rebounds, and a season-high 13 assists. Dwayne Bacon paced the team with 20 points, most of which came during his third quarter outburst. Miles Bridges was the next leading scorer with 16 points, and he added 6 rebounds to his tally. Marvin Williams, Willy Hernangomez, Devonte’ Graham, and Jeremy Lamb all scored in double figures as well.
The Hornets have gotten hot at the most unlikely of times. They’ll try to keep the good times rolling when the San Antonio Spurs come to town on Tuesday.