Raptors on a roll

22 December 2017 05:44:14 GMTPlus11

The Toronto Raptors had little trouble with the Charlotte Hornets as they eased to a 129-111 victory at the Spectrum Center.

DeMar DeRozan had 28 points for the visitors who were a little slow out of the gate before a dominating second quarter, in which they outscored the Hornets by 20, left them in complete control.

Serge Ibaka had 24 points and rookie O.G. Anunoby dropped in a career high 20 points as the Raptors picked up their fourth straight win.

Anunoby has been a find for Toronto and the Raptors were fortunate to grab him with the 23rd pick in the first round.

Toronto is 2.5 games behind the Boston Celtics in the standings in the Atlantic Division, but even in the loss column as Boston has played, and won, five more games than the Raptors.

The Celtics were also in action on Wednesday as a former Boston player came back to haunt his old club.

Kelly Olynyk scored 32 points for the Miami Heat as the visitors stunned the Celtics 90-89 at the TD Garden in Boston.

It was a career high for the popular Olynyk who left via free agency as part of the Celtics' offseason moves over the summer.

Both Toronto and Boston are straight back into action on Thursday when they play the Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks respectively.

New York currently sits in eighth place in the Eastern Conference and are two games over .500 while the Sixers have been something of a disappointment and have lost three straight to fall to 14-16 on the campaign.

Boston are 1.68 to defeat the Knicks, while the Raptors are 1.57 to get the better of the 76ers.

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