Returning to their temporary home in Tampa Bay, the Raptors also found their way back to victory. But it was hard. Despite a well controlled match for three quarters time, Nick Nurse’s men had to fight until the last second to win. The fault in a fourth quarter still missed. The Torontonians scored just 12 small points in the final period.
Their luck was that the visitors, deprived of their leading scorer Gordon Hayward, had already played the day before and also struggled to conclude the meeting. In the end, it was a 3-point victory (111-108) which was still good. Even if doubts persist (see analysis).
The Raptors return to the Hornets for rematch this Saturday. We hope that this success will have boosted the morale of Toronto and that they will be able to win this time with the manner to launch a series of victories.
The thread of the match
A close start to the match. OG Anunoby and Lowry find the address from afar. Charlotte relies on her collective with a well-balanced brand (11-11). The visitors then passed a 7-0, Toronto returned but with LaMelo Ball in charge, they regained a small gap on a 3-point from Graham (21-26). The gap goes up to 24-31 after a superb pass from Ball to Monk.
Toronto responds with a 3-point rain. Award-winning shots from VanVleet and Johnson get it back on track. Watanabe adds one and TO passes in front (32-21). Bridges thinks they have given Charlotte the advantage 5 seconds from the end of the first quarter, but that’s without counting on Boucher who signs a new shot from afar to conclude the first period in the lead (35-34).