Raptors stave off rally, snap Rockets' 17-game win streak

Raptors stave off rally, snap Rockets' 17-game win streak

Khris Middleton had a game-high 30 points for the Bucks, who got a head-start on their fourth-quarter surge when Antetokounmpo rejected Emmanuel Mudiay's attempted layup before the third-quarter buzzer to preserve a 91-89 lead.

Give Drake, the rapper and Toronto Raptors' "global ambassador", credit for being bold.

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 (Saturday in Manila) in a clash of conference leaders. But here: it's James Harden.

Grange also points out that the Rockets were 34-1 with Harden in the lineup, the only other loss was against the Raptors earlier in the season in Houston.

"These are not the same Toronto Raptors", Charles Barkley said on TNT's Thursday night broadcast of the Boston Celtics' game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Despite their struggles from three-point range, Houston chipped away and knotted the score at 102-102 on a three-pointer by Harden with 2:10 left. But they attempt the third-most at 32.8 per game, and when they get hot, they get deadly.

DeMar DeRozan is having a career year, leading the Raptors to the top of the Eastern conference, and on Wednesday he put down arguably his most impressive performance of the season.

Raptors stave off rally, snap Rockets' 17-game win streak
Raptors stave off rally, snap Rockets' 17-game win streak

DeRozan would finish the game with 42 points and a nominee for Dunk of the Year.

"We didn't match their intensity until late", Paul said. Houston played well in the second half, but they dug themselves too deep of a hole in the first two quarters to climb out of. That should scare Toronto's first post-season opponent, as the Raptors were a league-best 27-5 at home heading into Thursday's action. The Raptors shot 48.2 percent overall and held Houston to just 9-of-27 from three-point range. We needed our three-point shooting to pick up.

Chris Paul finished with 14 points for Houston but missed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 14.5 seconds to play.

Trail Blazers 125, Warriors 108: CJ McCollum scored 30 points, Damian Lillard added 28 and Portland won its ninth straight game with a victory over short-handed Golden State in Portland.

The Rockets finished the first half only 1-of-9 on 3s, an alarming statistic for a team that's shattering records for long-range shooting.

Houston will try to get back on the right side of the scoreboard Sunday night when they travel to Dallas to take on the Mavericks.

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