Toronto extends lead over Boston

05 March 2018 12:31:21 EST

The Toronto Raptors continue to stay hot, as the hosts defeated the Charlotte Hornets 103-98 Sunday afternoon at the Air Canada Centre.

Leading the way for the Raptors was Jonas Valanciunas, as the 25-year-old center from Utena, Lithuania had 18 points, while pulling down 13 rebounds for a double-double for the game.

Toronto led by 13 points heading into the final quarter and held on for the five-point victory. DeMar DeRozan had 19 points for the Raptors, with Kyle Lowry also adding a double-double in an even team performance.

Toronto is currently in first place in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 45-17 on the season and leads the Boston Celtics by two games.

The Raptors are on a four-game winning streak, have won nine of their past ten games and yet somehow seem more under the radar than either the Celtics or the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Toronto are 4999/1 to win the Eastern Conference, with the Cavaliers 4/9 and Boston 5/2.

Meanwhile, Kemba Walker led the way in defeat for the Hornets, as the 27-year-old point guard from Bronx, New York had a game high 27 points, while pulling down six rebounds and passing out four assists for the contest.

Charlotte is currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the play-offs, as the visitors from the East Coast are now on a three-game losing streak and sit in 10th place in the East with a record of 28-36.

The Raptors stay in Toronto and host the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre.

Meanwhile, Charlotte will welcome the Philadelphia 76ers to North Carolina on Friday in a key Eastern Conference play-off match-up.

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