Earlier than the season even started, C.J. Miles admitted he and his teammates boasted about simply how good his Toronto Raptors’ bench could be.
“We have been saying we’re the very best bench within the league since Day One,” he stated. “And if it wasn’t true then, it is bought to be true now.”
Miles led the cost of Toronto reserves Sunday as he scored 24 factors whereas starter DeMar DeRozan had 25 factors and eight assists because the Raptors routed the Charlotte Hornets 123-103.
Six gamers scored in double figures for the Raptors, who gained their fifth straight sport and improved to 39-16. Raptors coach Dwane Casey earned his 300th victory as head coach of the staff.
Miles shot 6-of-9 from Three-point vary as Toronto sank 48.6 per cent from long-distance general.
He led a cost of Raptors reserves who outscored the Hornets’ bench gamers 55-46.
“They’re phenomenal,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry stated. “Our younger guys are phenomenal and we actually want them. We love persevering with to see them develop. They’re rising and enjoying effectively and it makes it unbelievable.”
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It was the starters who helped Toronto draw back within the third quarter, although. Jonas Valanciunas, who completed with 21 factors and 9 rebounds, scored 10 throughout an 18-2 run that started the second half. Charlotte shot simply 1-for-12 in that span.
Fred VanVleet added 10 factors and 4 assists off the bench for Toronto.
“We simply bought an excellent chemistry,” Miles stated. “We have now a variety of enjoyable, play effectively collectively. Transfer the ball. We do not care who scores, who shoots. We simply wish to get the photographs that guys are imagined to take. That is all that issues. And it exhibits.”
Kemba Walker had 23 factors and 9 assists because the Hornets misplaced their fourth in a row. Dwight Howard added 17 factors and 13 rebounds for Charlotte.
Regardless of returning Saturday from a West Coast journey that includes 4 video games in six days, the Hornets jumped out to a 10-Zero begin behind six factors and an help from Walker. Toronto responded with a 12-Four run, with 4 factors and a rebound from DeRozan.
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The Hornets’ weary legs confirmed in the long run, as they shot 42.7 per cent for the sport. The Raptors made 56.Three per cent.
“Generally they are saying the schedule can meet up with you,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford stated. “It is not the entire purpose we misplaced, however this final stretch has been a variety of travelling and you may see it.”
Lowry’s Three-pointer with Three:30 remaining within the first quarter gave the Raptors their first lead, which they didn’t relinquish.