Grades from Toronto Raptors bounce-back win over the Charlotte Hornets

The Toronto Raptors picked up a bounce-back road win over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday, with Terence Davis and Serge Ibaka leading the charge. How did everyone grade in the win?

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CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 8: The Toronto Raptors huddle up during the game against the Charlotte Hornets (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Toronto Raptors headed into Tuesday night's road game against the Charlotte Hornets in need of an uplifting win. The Raptors were 2-3 over their last five games coming into Tuesday night, fresh off of a heartbreaking two-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. And although it took quite a bit of effort, the Raptors were indeed able to get a win that surely lifted the collective spirit of the squad as they head into a nice three-day break.

Tuesday's game started off with both squads shooting well despite it being quite a low-scoring affair. Through the first half, the Toronto Raptors were shooting 48.8-percent from the field and the Charlotte Hornets were shooting 55.9-percent from the field, with both teams having great success from the 3-point line. While the Hornets backcourt duo of Terry Rozier and Devonte' Graham contributed to the Hornets hot-shooting first half, it was second-year forward Miles Bridges who gave the Raptors the most trouble.

Bridges racked up 17 first-half points, including a scintillating 6-for-8 performance from three-point range. But he and the Hornets faded down the stretch, including a gritty OT in which Serge Ibaka and unlikely hero Terence Davis—in his first start, no less—lead the Raptors to victory.

How did everyone grade in a hard-fought, gritty win?

Starters Grades

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CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 8: Serge Ibaka #9 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry

Point Guard | Toronto Raptors
B-
To go ahead and get the negative out of the way, Kyle Lowry shot 4-for-13 from the field against the Hornets on Tuesday night, hitting only two of his six 3-point attempts and five of his eight free throws (an uncharacteristic 62.5-percent). But outside of the poor shooting, he was great. The Raptors' fearless leader racked up nine assists with only two turnovers, two steals, and hit a layup that gave Toronto the lead with under 20 seconds left. Lowry also played just under 43 minutes, second-most on the team.
Patrick McCaw

Patrick McCaw

Shooting Guard | Toronto Raptors
A
This was easily Patrick McCaw's best game as a Toronto Raptor. The three-time NBA Champion notched his first career double-double, scoring 13 points to go with his career-high 11 assists. He also played a career-high and team-leading 43 minutes on in Tuesday's win. The 11 assists were of all varieties. McCaw made some simple passes, a particularly beautiful bounce pass to Ibaka for a dunk in the second quarter, and generally orchestrated solid pick-and-roll action while Lowry spotted up from 3-point range for floor-spacing purposes. McCaw also led bench units bereft of scoring, assisting shooter Matt Thomas on both of his 3-point makes.
Terence Davis

Terence Davis

Shooting Guard | Toronto Raptors
A+
Despite being tied with Ibaka for the team lead in points, this game can definitely be referred to as "The Terence Davis Game". Raptors faithful has already warmed up to the hard-working, undrafted rookie out of Ole Miss but if not, he certainly won them over in his 1st career start. Davis scored a career-high 23 points on 50-percent shooting (3-for-3 FT) and grabbed 11 rebounds. He also chipped in five assists, a steal, didn't commit a single turnover and finished a team-high 20 on the floor. A big-time, almost flawless performance for the rook in his first start.
OG Anunoby

OG Anunoby

Small Forward | Toronto Raptors
A
While this game was ultimately a nice bounce-back win for the Toronto Raptors, it was also (personally) a nice bounce-back game for OG Anunoby. He contributed 19 points, the most he has scored in a game since December 18. He shot 61.5-percent from the field but most importantly for his role, he was 3-for-4 from the 3-point line. This game continues what has been a strong shooting month so far for Anunoby. He also played a big part in harassing Hornets' leading-scorer Devonte' Graham into a terrible shooting night, scoring only 11 points on 15 shots.
Serge Ibaka

Serge Ibaka

Center | Toronto Raptors
A+
The only player on the Toronto Raptors who was on Terence Davis' level in Tuesday's contest was Ibaka. In just under 40 minutes Ibaka had a 23-point, 11-rebound double-double. What was most impressive about the effort was that Ibaka actually started the game off slow, shooting 1-for-5 in the first half. Ibaka exploded in the second half, scoring 15 points (7-for-11 FG) and tallying two blocks. And to top it off Ibaka and Davis, with six points apiece, scored all 12 of the Raptors points in OT to lead them to the win.
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Bench Grades

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Toronto Raptors - Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Matt Thomas

Matt Thomas

Shooting Guard | Toronto Raptors
D
The Raptors mixed in a decent amount of 2-3 zone for certain stretches, including one of Thomas' stints on the floor, minimizing the amount the Hornets could try to exploit him on defense. In 14 minutes he only committed one foul. On offense, Thomas did not perform as well as one would expect a shooter of his caliber (2-for-6 from 3-point range) but he chipped in two assists and two rebounds to go with his eight points.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Power Forward | Toronto Raptors
D
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played 22 minutes on Tuesday night. He didn't score much but turned in an all-around effort. The lack of high-level play from the Raptors bench was a big issue in this game and Hollis-Jefferson was a part of that. He only grabbed four rebounds in his time on the floor and was a team-low -16.
Chris Boucher

Chris Boucher

Power Forward | Toronto Raptors
D-
Boucher had a rough game. He went 1-for-5 from the field, including three misses from 3-point range, an area he has struggled in all season. His rim protection was decent and he did chip in two blocks but he struggled to rebound against Charlotte and finished a -13 in his brief stint.
Oshae Brissett

Oshae Brissett

Small Forward | Toronto Raptors
F
Brissett was given a 10-minute run and he did as poorly as he could have in that time. He went 0-for-5 from the field, missing all three of his attempts from 3-point range. The game was not long for Brissett, who struggled to defend and racked up three fouls in his time on the floor.
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Head Coach and Opponent

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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - JANUARY 08: Head coach James Borrego talks to Terry Rozier #3 of the Charlotte Hornets (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Nick Nurse

Nick Nurse

Head Coach | Toronto Raptors
A-
Nick Nurse was great in this one, pressing all the right buttons as he dealt with the continued injury-related absences of four of his most important players. Nurse surprised everyone with the insertion of Terence Davis into the starting lineup and Davis responded with a big-time 23-point double-double. Nurse mixed in a zone defense to protect certain lineups with mixed success. He went to his bench unit, including Oshae Brissett and Stanley Johnson but didn't hesitate in pulling them or not re-inserting them into the game when it was clear that it wasn't their best night. Nurse made sure the team continued to feed the hot hands in Davis and Ibaka in OT, leading Toronto to the win. It was a great performance from Nurse in the gritty win.
Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets

15-25 | Eastern Conference
A-
The Charlotte Hornets played a great game, led by the hot-shooting of Miles Bridges and the aggressive scoring effort from Terry Rozier. Bridges and Rozier combined for 53 points and their scoring was almost enough to make up for the terrible shooting night from leading scorer Devonte' Graham. Hornets head coach James Borrego coached a great game, only using eight players but somehow getting his three-man bench unit to outplay the Raptors usually strong bench to a great extent. Despite the Raptors playing well, the Hornets were simply a missed Rozier 3-pointer away from snatching the win in OT.
Next: Takeaways from Toronto Raptors overtime win vs Charlotte Hornets

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