The Toronto Raptors were able to fend off the Charlotte Hornets in overtime, winning 112-110. Toronto’s record improves to 25-13. They now lead the Philadelphia 76ers (24-14) by a full game. Philadelphia will play two games before the Raptors next contest, giving them a chance to usurp Toronto.

The Raptors improve to 3-3 on games played in the second half of a back-to-back. They also improve to 2-2 in matches that go to overtime. They’ve gone 6-5 since the match against the Detroit Pistons (14-24) where the team was plagued by injuries.

Charlotte’s Improvement

The Hornets are surprisingly competitive this year. After losing Kemba Walker to the Boston Celtics (25-10) the team was expected to struggle. That hasn’t been the case however. Thanks to coach James Borrego as well as Most Improved Player Candidate Devonte Graham becoming a constant threat from deep, they’ve found success in a free flowing system they have incorporated. As the season has progressed they have only improved and that growth showed in this match. In their last meeting the Raptors dominated the match-up by 36 points. This was a different match as the Hornets held on to come back and force overtime.

It was the Raptors’ impressive team play that held off the Hornets second quarter onslaught. After allowing a 13-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter, the Raptors zoned in. After calling a timeout the Raptors only attempted 4 shots from deep during the whole contest. Constantly attacking the rim allowed them to deplete the deficit and abuse the lack of interior defense that the Hornets had available.

Top Performing Raptors

The most impressive Raptor in the contest by far was Terence Davis. After a poor 8 minute performance against the Portland Trail Blazers (16-22) Nick Nurse gave him his first start in an effort to revitalize the rookie. Davis took advantage of the opportunity. The rookie produced a career-high 23 point scoring performance on efficient 50% (8-16) shooting and 50% (4-8) three-point shooting. It wasn’t just scoring he added to the table as he added 11 rebounds and 5 assists in the contest. His ability to be so tenacious and effective on the boards is a huge boon to the Raptors as a whole. This allows the Raptors big-men to stretch the floor while still having capable rebounding.

Patrick McCaw had his most impressive performance of the season as well. His 5 rebounds and 13 points on 60% (6/10) are impressive production but it’s the 11 assists that pop off the stat-line. With Fred VanVleet out of the line-up Toronto desperately needed a second play-maker and McCaw stepped up and took advantage of the opportunity.

Up Next

The Raptors will have a three day break before travelling to San Antonio to take on the Spurs (16-20). The Spurs are quietly sneaking into the playoff picture after a terrible start to the season. Tune in on Sunday at 4:00 pm/est as the Raptors look to overcome the Spurs.