March 25, 2019 / 1:04 AM / 6 months ago

Lamb's 48-foot heave gives Charlotte its 3rd straight win

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Mar 24, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) and Charlotte Hornets center Bismack Biyombo (8) embrace prior to the start of the first half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Lamb’s desperation 48-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the visiting Charlotte Hornets a 115-114 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

After the Raptors trailed by 14 points less than a minute into the fourth quarter, Kawhi Leonard gave them the lead on a jumper with 45 seconds left, then made a block at the other end.

But the Hornets had one big play left in them, and they won their third straight game.

Kemba Walker scored 15 points and added 13 assists and eight rebounds for the Hornets, who were led in scoring by 20 from Dwayne Bacon. Miles Bridges finished with 16 points, Willy Hernangomez and Lamb had 13 each, and Devonte’ Graham and Marvin Williams 10 points each.

Leonard had 28 points for Toronto, Pascal Siakam added 23, Marc Gasol had 17, Fred VanVleet 12, and Normal Powell and Serge Ibaka had 10 each.

The Raptors led by as many as 12 points in the first quarter, but the Hornets turned the tables and took a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter.

The lead reached 14 on Kaminsky’s three-foot bank shot in the first minute of the fourth quarter.

The Raptors answered with a 7-0 run early in the fourth quarter to cut the Hornets’ lead to 97-90 with 10:28 to play.

The Hornets regained the 12-point lead on a dunk by Malik Monk.

The Raptors drew back to within 109-102 with about seven minutes left on VanVleet’s 3-pointer.

Leonard’s cutting dunk reduced Charlotte’s lead to three points with 5:25 to play. After a block by Siakam, Leonard hit a fadeaway jumper to cut the lead to one with just over four minutes left.

Leonard made two free throws to tie the game at 112-112 with 1:24 to play.

The Raptors led 32-24 after the first quarter, but the Hornets rallied to lead 58-57 at halftime.

Walker had 12 points and eight assists in the first half and Bridges had 13 points.

Siakam led Toronto with 13 first-half points and Leonard had 12.

Bacon hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 4:32 to play in the third quarter to give Charlotte an 83-74 lead.

After Lowry made a driving layup, the Hornets came back with another 3-pointer, this time by Bridges, and they led 86-76 with 3:08 left in the third.

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Powell hit a 3-pointer and Ibaka banked in a hook shot to trim Charlotte’s lead to four with 1:35 left in the third.

The Hornets, however, scored the final eight points of the third quarter capped by two free throws by Graham to take a 95-83 lead.

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