In a closely contested matchup, the Charlotte Hornets (7-13) emerged victorious, edging out the Toronto Raptors (9-13) 119-116.

Gordon Hayward led the Hornets with 24 points, complemented by Miles Bridges’ 22-point performance.

Terry Rozier contributed significantly with 21 points and 13 assists, while rookie Brandon Miller added 20 points, showcasing the Hornets’ offensive firepower.

Despite missing LaMelo Ball due to an ankle injury, the team tied a franchise record with four players scoring at least 20 points.

Scottie Barnes recorded an impressive triple-double for the Raptors, tallying 31 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds, marking his third career triple-double and second this season. Pascal Siakam chipped in with 25 points for Toronto.

The game’s intensity peaked in the final minutes, with Rozier’s clutch jumper and free throws securing the three-point lead for Charlotte.

Barnes had an opportunity to force overtime but missed a buzzer-beater, with his foot on the line.