National Basketball Association
Toronto 114, Charlotte 99
When: 7:30 PM ET, Monday, December 18, 2023
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
Officials: #53 John Butler, #68 Jacyn Goble, #71 Rodney Mott
Attendance: 19288

Pascal Siakam scored 27 points and the Toronto Raptors defeated the visiting Charlotte Hornets 114-99 on Monday night.

Scottie Barnes added 22 points and 17 rebounds for the Raptors, who are 2-1 on a four-game homestand.

Gary Trent Jr. scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds for Toronto, which also got 13 points from Dennis Schroder and 12 from Precious Achiuwa.

Terry Rozier scored 22 points for the depleted Hornets, who have lost five games in a row. P.J. Washington had 15 points and four steals, Brandon Miller and Bryce McGowens each had 14 points and Nick Richards had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Hornets were without Gordon Hayward (illness), LaMelo Ball (ankle), Mark Williams (back), Cody Martin (knee) and Miles Bridges (not with team).

Charlotte took a two-point edge into the fourth quarter, but Toronto used a 12-2 run to take a 95-87 lead with 7:03 left in the game. McGowens made two free throws to cut the Raptors' lead to four with 5:17 remaining.

Siakam answered with a three-point play with 4:38 to go, and another three-point play by Siakam pushed the lead to 12 with 3:35 remaining.

Trent's 3-pointer with 1:50 to play made it a 13-point game and put the contest out of reach.

Charlotte led 27-19 after 12 minutes of action thanks in large part to an 11-0, first-quarter run.

Washington opened the second quarter with a trey to bump the lead to 11. Toronto scored the next six points to pull within 30-25.

Later in the frame, Washington's steal and 3-pointer put Charlotte ahead by eight with 2:47 remaining. Siakam banked in an 11-footer to finish the first-half scoring, and Charlotte led 52-48 at the break.

Charlotte shot 41.3 percent (19-for-46) from the field in the first half, with Rozier scoring 13 points. Toronto shot 42.5 percent (17-for-40) before intermission. Barnes had 12 points.

Schroder's 3-pointer cut the Hornets' lead to one at 70-69 with 4:08 left in the third quarter. Schroder then made two free throws to give Toronto a one-point lead, but Charlotte took an 81-79 advantage to the fourth.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Charlotte   Toronto
Terry Rozier 22 Scoring Pascal Siakam 27
Terry Rozier 7 Assists Pascal Siakam 8
Nick Richards 10 Rebounds Scottie Barnes 17
Bryce McGowens 4 Free Throws Made Scottie Barnes 7
P.J. Washington 4 Steals Precious Achiuwa 1
Bryce McGowens 1 Blocks Scottie Barnes 3
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Charlotte 99 43.8 8-32 13-13 18 36 6 8 13
Toronto 114 51.2 8-29 18-22 30 51 4 4 19
Upcoming Games
  • Toronto will play their next game at home against Denver. The Raptors have a W/L % of .273 after a win and .533 after a loss.
  • Charlotte will play their next game on the road against Indiana. The Hornets have a W/L % of .143 after a win and .333 after a loss.