12:01 AM ET
ESPN News Services
TORONTO — Jeremy Lamb added a dose of March Madness to Sunday’s NBA action.
Lamb banked home a half-court shot at the buzzer, and the Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 115-114, Charlotte’s third straight win.
It was the second-longest game-winning buzzer-beater in the past 20 seasons. Tyreke Evans hit a 49-footer against the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 29, 2010.
“It feels great,” Lamb said. “We fought so hard the whole game. Everybody who came in contributed and played well. They made a big run late. It just feels good to get that win and cap it off like that.”
Charlotte got one final chance after Leonard missed a jumper with 5.8 seconds to go. Pascal Siakam knocked the inbounds pass away from Lamb, who chased the ball into the backcourt before launching the game-winning 3-pointer.
“He made a tough shot,” Siakam said. “I don’t know how I could have defended it better. Yeah, March Madness.”
Hornets coach James Borrego called Lamb’s basket “a contested bomb.”