• 82°

NBA: Raptors throw down Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors were determined to beat the Charlotte Hornets for the first time in seven games Wednesday night.

Taking control midway through the second quarter, the Raptors led by as many as 29 points and rolled to a 92-74 victory that likely quashed the Hornets’ slim playoff hopes.

“The first quarter wasn’t very good,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. “But I thought in the second quarter we set the tone of how we want to play. We started the second quarter and finished the game doing what we wanted to do defensively.”

DeMar DeRozan scored 18 points for Toronto, Lou Williams and Greivis Vasquez had 16 points, and Tyler Hansbrough added 12 points and 12 rebounds.

“For some reason, we’ve always had bad luck against this team, especially playing here (in Charlotte),” DeRozan said. “But it felt good to get a win against this team at a critical time for us.”

Kemba Walker had 15 points for Charlotte. The Hornets are 11th in the Eastern Conference, three games out of the playoffs.

Mo Williams added 10 points for Charlotte, playing without three injured starters.

“We just had no juice,” Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said. “We’re going to have to find a way to be professional. I think our team has stood for effort and purposeful play all year long, and we’re going to have to find a way to do that over these last four games.”

The Raptors took the lead for good at 15-13 on Hansbrough’s two free throws with 4:31 left in the first quarter. Lou Williams made a 3-pointer early in the second quarter to stretch the lead to double digits for the first time, and it was 47-31 at the half.

Toronto led by 28 in the third quarter took a 69-45 advantage into the fourth.

The Hornets made just 17 of 60 field-goal attempts through the first three quarters for 28 percent, including 3 of 13 from 3-point range. During that span, the Raptors were 24 of 61 from the field and 10 of 23 on 3s, with DeRozan and Lou Williams hitting three each.

“It was an all-around game against a depleted team,” Casey said.

“It’s a good ‘W,’ but they had a lot of their guys out. We’ve got to keep that same focus. Consistency is what we’ve been building for. It’s one game, so let’s do it again.”

Comments

Nation/World

Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty in Trump-Russia probe review

Nation/World

Tropical Storm Josephine closer to land in busy Atlantic hurricane season

Elections

Post Office warns states about mail voting

Coronavirus

UNC-Chapel Hill sees two COVID outbreaks in reopened dorms

Education

All three school board seats contested as filing closes

Coronavirus

Spencer nursing home has COVID-19 outbreak

Crime

Blotter: Arrest made in connection with Kannapolis shooting incident

Crime

Sheriff’s office: Man faces weapons charge after fleeing traffic stop

News

Forest abandons lawsuit challenging Cooper executive orders

Crime

Update: Funeral held for boy, 5, who was fatally shot in Wilson

Education

Salisbury-Rowan NAACP hosts virtual town hall with superintendent

Nation/World

Crews try to tame California wildfire as heat wave arrives

Coronavirus

Nursing home outbreak first reported last week sees first COVID-19 death

Coronavirus

1,400 face masks given out at county’s drive-thru giveaway

Crime

Blotter: August 14

Business

With more than 1,500 patrons in two weeks, High Rock Lake restaurant gets off to hot start

Business

State awards $584,100 grant to Three Rivers Land Trust for farmland preservation in Cabarrus County

Crime

Teen faces laundry list of charges after string of larcenies

Crime

Salisbury man faces charges after trying to retrieve phone from police

Crime

Police: Father hospitalized after being shot in argument with son

Education

RSS teachers adapting classrooms to the pandemic

Education

Shoutouts

Coronavirus

County launches paramedic program for those recovering COVID-19

Education

Cooper directs $95.6 million for students affected by COVID-19