Toronto inch to East's top seed

12 February 2018 12:40:49 EST

The Toronto Raptors smell blood in the water in the Eastern Conference, after the visitors blew out the Charlotte Hornets 123-103 at the Spectrum Center in North Carolina on Sunday afternoon.

Leading the way for the Raptors was DeMar DeRozan, as the 28-year old shooting guard from Compton, California scored a game high 25 points while dishing out eight assists and pulling down two rebounds for the game.

With the victory Toronto now has the best record in the Eastern Conference as the Raptors improved to 39-16, a half game better than the Boston Celtics.

The visitors from Canada are currently on a five game winning streak and the Raptors have won an Eastern Conference best eight of their past ten games, tied with the Milwaukee Bucks over that span. Not to be overlooked Toronto also leads the East with a +8.3 point differential.

Kemba Walker led the way for the Hornets in defeat, as the 27-year old point guard from the Bronx in New York had a team high 23 points while passing out nine assists and grabbing two rebounds for the game.

It was speculated that Walker would be dealt at the deadline and there was the expectation that Charlotte could do a full tear down to rebuild from the ground up. That still could occur over the summer, but for now the Hornets are currently six and a half games behind the Philadelphia 76ers for the final spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Raptors head back home to take on the Miami Heat Tuesday before their final game before the All-Star break against the Bulls in Chicago.

Meanwhile the Hornets travel south to Florida to square off with the Orlando Magic on Wednesday in their only game this week.

The Celtics are 14/1 to win the NBA Championship and the Raptors are priced at 4999/1.

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