Much-Needed Win


After Back-to-Back Heartbreakers, Raptors Earn Big Win Over Hornets

The Toronto Raptors are back in the win column after two rough back-to-back heartbreakers.

Behind Chris Boucher’s 25 points and 10 rebounds, the Toronto Raptors got past the Charlotte Hornets by a score of 111-108. Kyle Lowry added 16 points and 12 assists in the win, while Pascal Siakam pitched in with 15 points and seven boards.

“I’m just trying to figure out a way to get us going,” said Boucher, who has emerged as one of the few bright spots for an otherwise struggling 3-8 Raptors team. “Playing defense and bringing energy is what you’re there for. It’s pretty much what I do.”

Entering Thursday night’s game, the Raptors continued to search for answers in the early goings of the young regular season. Ranking near the middle of the pack in both offensive and defensive rating, to say the Raptors need a burst of energy would be a definite understatement. The Raptors received that burst yet again from Boucher who continues to grow with each game.

“As good as the numbers look, there’s a lot of room for improvement,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “He’s really close to being a really solid defensive player.”

The Hornets will look to get revenge on the Raptors as the two teams will square off once again on Saturday night. The Raptors will look to build on tonight’s win as they hope to muster up some sort of momentum moving forward.



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