The Raptors' uptempo offence has eschewed long two-pointers and isolation plays in favour of ball movement and long-range bombs.
The Toronto Raptors withstood a late surge from Houston to halt the Rockets' 17-game National Basketball Association winning streak with a 108-105 victory Friday, March 9, in a clash of conference leaders.
With only seconds left to go in the game and the Raptors up by 3, Trevor Ariza was taking the ball out of bounds for the Houston Rockets and in his ear was non-other than the team's global ambassador, Drake. With that said, this particular game was reminiscent of a similar East vs.More news: After all that, ex-Trump aide arrives for grand jury
Harden, whom DeRozan declared this season's MVP earlier in the day, finished with 40 points on 15-of-22 shooting and gave Houston a chance to steal the game. "We can't take everything away from them so we tried to take away one of their strengths". It was Houston's lowest-scoring first quarter of the season and just the second time they've failed to score at least 20 points in the first.
Kyle Lowry, the Raptors' All-Star point guard, nearly made as many 3s as the entire Houston roster during his 30-point performance.
Clint Capela had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Rockets. In addition to his passing prowess, Paul is averaging 18.8 points per game, slightly more than Eric Gordon, who is averaging 18.6 points. With the win, the Raptors officially clinched a playoff berth with 18 games remaining in the season, becoming the first team to do so this year.More news: New bill proposes to legalize sports betting in NY
Injury report: OG Anunoby (sprained right ankle) is listed as out and Delon Wright (sprained right big toe) as doubtful for Friday's game.
The Rockets were 1 for 12 from 3-point range before Harden drained back-to-back shots with 2:48 left in the third.
Pistons: F Stanley Johnson missed the game because of back spasms. "Just to hear it from him, especially with the level he's playing at now, means a lot to me".More news: Equity Research Analyst's Stock Ratings: Wynn Resorts, Limited (WYNN), RadNet, Inc. (RDNT)
Addressing the Air Canada Centre crowd during an early timeout, Drake declared that the Houston Rockets' impressive run was ending Friday night. Toronto has now swept its season series against 10 opponents.
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