TORONTO — Jeremy Lamb banked home a half court 3pointer at the buzzer and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 115-114 on Sunday night for their third consecutive win.

Toronto looked to have won the game afterwards Kawhi Leonard hit the go-ahead basket with 44 seconds left, then blocked Kemba Walker at the opposite end.

Charlotte got one final chance after Leonard missed a jumper with 5.8 seconds to go. Pascal Siakam knocked the inbounds pass away from Lamb, who chased the ball into the backcourt before launch the game-winning shot.

Walker had 15 points and 13 assists and Willy Hernagomez needed 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets.

Dwayne Bacon made five 3-pointers and scored 20 points, and rookie Miles Bridges scored 16 for Charlotte, which began your afternoon 2 1/2 games supporting eighth-place Miami and 1 1/2 games supporting ninth-place Orlando in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Leonard scored 28 points and Siakam had 23 for the Raptors, who lost consecutive home games for the 2nd time this season. Toronto lost to New Orleans on Nov. 1-2 and Detroit on Nov 14.

Allstar point guard Kyle Lowry came back Toronto after missing the last two games due to a sore right ankle. With Lowry in the starting line up, the Raptors were at full strength for the first time as the trade deadline acquisition of center Marc Gasol, and the subsequent signing of free agent guard Jeremy Lin.

Still, obtaining a complete complement of players didn’t cover off to the Raptors, who resisted 18 points about 13 turnovers. Toronto had 22 turnovers in Friday’s home loss to Oklahoma City, one shy of the season worst.

Charlotte headed 109-96 together with 7:50 remaining. Subsequently Toronto’s Fred VanVleet hit back to back 3-pointers and dunks from Siakam and Leonard cut on it into 109-106 with 5:26 to go.

Leonard’s jumper made it a one-point game before Bacon ended Toronto’s 12-0 run by making one of two at the foul line.

Siakam and Bacon swapped lay ups until Leonard tied it with a set at the foul line.

The Hornets led 58-57 at half time.

Ten of Charlotte’s 12 field goals in the third quarter were 3-pointers, adding five Bacon. The Hornets shot 10 for 15 from long range in the third and required some 95-83 lead to the fourth.


Hornets: Charlotte taken 18 for 41 from 3-point range. … G Tony Parker was away from the team for personal reasons. F Michael Kidd Gilchrist (concussion protocol) was set for the 3rd consecutive game.

Raptors: Toronto listed an assist on each of its first six baskets and 11 of 12 at the initial quarter. … Gasol started and scored 17 points. … The Raptors came in 29-8 at home, tied to your second-most home wins in the NBA.


Hornets: Host San Antonio on Tuesday night.

Raptors: Host Chicago on Tuesday night.

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