Jeremy Lamb banked home a half-court 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 115-114 on Sunday night for their third straight win.

Toronto looked to have won the game after Kawhi Leonard hit the go-ahead basket with 44 seconds left, then blocked Kemba Walker at the other end.

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 back court before launching the game-winning shot.

Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) and Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) scramble for the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) and Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) scramble for the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Walker had 15 points and 13 assists and Willy Hernagomez had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets.

Dwayne Bacon made five 3-pointers and scored 20 points, and rookie Miles Bridges scored 16 for Charlotte, which began the day 2 1/2 games behind eighth-place Miami and 1 1/2 games behind ninth-place Orlando in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Leonard scored 28 points and Siakam had 23 for the Raptors, who lost consecutive home games for the second time this season. Toronto lost to New Orleans on Nov. 12 and Detroit on Nov 14.

Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Jay Triano stands near the bench during a break in play against the Toronto Raptors during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Jay Triano stands near the bench during a break in play against the Toronto Raptors during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry returned for Toronto after missing the previous two games because of a sore right ankle. With Lowry in the starting lineup, the Raptors were at full strength for the first time since the trade deadline acquisition of center Marc Gasol, and the subsequent signing of free agent guard Jeremy Lin.

Still, having a full complement of players didn’t pay off for the Raptors, who surrendered 18 points on 13 turnovers. Toronto had 22 turnovers in Friday’s home loss to Oklahoma City, one shy of their season worst.

Charlotte led 109-96 with 7:50 remaining. Then Toronto’s Fred VanVleet hit back-to-back 3-pointers and dunks from Siakam and Leonard cut it to 109-106 with 5:26 to go.

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) knocks the ball away from Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, March 24, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) knocks the ball away from Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, March 24, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Leonard’s jumper made it a one-point game before Bacon ended Toronto’s 12-0 run by making one of two at the foul line.

Siakam and Bacon swapped layups before Leonard tied it with a pair at the foul line.

The Hornets led 58-57 at halftime.

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) shoots as Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb (3) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) shoots as Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb (3) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Ten of Charlotte’s 12 field goals in the third quarter were 3-pointers, including five from Bacon. The Hornets shot 10 for 15 from long range in the third and took a 95-83 lead into the fourth.

TIP -INS

Hornets: Charlotte shot 18 for 41 from 3-point range. … G Tony Parker was away from the team for personal reasons. … F Cody Zeller (left knee) missed his seventh straight game and F Nicolas Batum (illness) missed his second straight. F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (concussion protocol) was absent for the third straight game.

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) saves a ball from going out of bounds as Charlotte Hornets guard Devonte' Graham (4) looks on during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, March 24, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) saves a ball from going out of bounds as Charlotte Hornets guard Devonte’ Graham (4) looks on during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, March 24, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Raptors: Toronto recorded an assist on each of its first six baskets and 11 of 12 in the first quarter. … Gasol started and scored 17 points. … The Raptors came in 29-8 at home, tied for the second-most home wins in the NBA.

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Hornets: Host San Antonio on Tuesday night.

Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) drives between Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, left, and guard Kyle Lowry during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) drives between Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, left, and guard Kyle Lowry during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Raptors: Host Chicago on Tuesday night.

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Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol (33) drives between Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb, left, and Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky, right, during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, March 24, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol (33) drives between Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb, left, and Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky, right, during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, March 24, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) protects the ball from Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) protects the ball from Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots over Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots over Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb (3) knocks the ball away from Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb (3) knocks the ball away from Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

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