Raptors get win as Hornets scoring dries up in final minutes

Fri Jan 1, 2016 11:35pm EST
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(Reuters) - Guard DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Charlotte Hornets 104-94 on Friday, courtesy of Charlotte being unable to score in the final 4:45 minutes of the game.

Forward Marvin Williams hit a three-pointer to tie the game 94-94 and give him 17 points, but that was the end of the scoring for the Hornets.

Point guard Kyle Lowry then made a step-back jumper that put the Raptors into the lead with 3:28 to play and they were on their way to a 104-94 victory.

"We finally got into a rhythm, got a couple of stops and that's all we needed," DeRozan said.

"We had a couple of possessions where we were going back-and-forth and they were scoring.

"We just understood if we got some stops and some big buckets we could be right back in the game and we would be able to take the lead."

The Raptors trailed by eight points after three quarters, but dominated the fourth quarter to win their second game in a row.

"We did a lot of good things," Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. "They are a good team and it's on the road.

"We were right there. I mean we should have been up eight, 10, 12 at the end of the third."   Continued...

Jan 1, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) looks to play a ball as Charlotte Hornets forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) tries to defend during the third quarter in a game at Air Canada Centre. The Toronto Raptors won 104-94. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports