HOUSTON (AP) The Toronto Raptors have struggled to tighten out games opposite good teams this season.
They solved that Tuesday night, removing 27 points from DeMar DeRozan while holding off a Rockets 129-113 notwithstanding a integrate late runs by Houston.
Just as important, DeRozan thinks he knows a pivotal for Toronto holding leads going forward.
”Liking this feeling,” he said. ”You’ve got to adore this feeling so we don’t got to go out there carrying too many of them tighten games that we lost, feeling upset, got to wait until a subsequent game. You’ve got to wish to continue to have this feeling and that should work out all else.”
Toronto led by 12 during halftime and had to regularly tighten down convene attempts from a Rockets.
”Consistency in this joining is a tough thing to grab, and that’s what we’ve got to strech for, squeeze for any and each night,” Toronto manager Dwane Casey said. ”If we could bottle tonight, a energy, a toughness, a togetherness we had tonight, it (would be) special.”
James Harden had 38 points and done 19 of 19 tainted shots for a Rockets, who finished a six-game winning streak.
”We weren’t sharp,” Houston manager Mike D’Antoni said. ”Sometimes we let down and it’s tough to spin it behind on. We tried, we got tighten in a second half, though we only didn’t have enough.”
Houston scored 6 true points, including 3 giveaway throws from Harden, to make it 108-103 with about 7 1/2 mins left.
Delon Wright done a giveaway chuck for a Raptors shortly after that, and OG Anunoby connected for Toronto’s initial margin idea in some-more than 3 mins on a 3-pointer with 6:25 remaining. After Wright’s layup, Kyle Lowry stole a round from Harden, and DeRozan finished on a other finish with a asperse to make it 116-103.
Harden got Houston going again with a four-point play. The giveaway chuck was his 19th, environment a authorization record for many tainted shots though a skip in a game.
DeRozan and Serge Ibaka had back-to-back dunks after Harden’s large play to make it 120-107 with about 3 mins left and send many of a home fans toward a exits.
Harden had 11 assists and 6 rebounds. He has scored during slightest 20 points and had 7 or some-more assists in each diversion this season.
The Raptors scored a initial 5 points of a second half to make it 81-64 and pushed their lead to 19 points mid by a third on Lowry’s 3-pointer.
Toronto led by 21 before Houston done 5 true points, capped by a 3-point play by Tarik Black. That was a start of a good run for a Rockets, and they used a 9-3 emanate after that to cut a lead to 97-87. Harden done 4 points in that span, and Eric Gordon capped it with a layup.
Houston led by 8 points during a initial half, though a Raptors used a 45-point second entertain to take a 76-64 corner into halftime.
Raptors: Norman Powell sat out after withdrawal Sunday’s diversion during Boston with a hip pointer. … Lowry, a former Rocket, combined 19 points and 10 assists. … Anunoby scored 16 points.
Rockets: Nene missed his second true diversion with a sprained right foot. … Harden perceived a technical after a shot in a initial entertain when he complained about a miss of a tainted call. … Trevor Ariza finished with 20 points and 8 rebounds. … P.J. Tucker got dual technical fouls and was ejected in a third quarter.
Raptors: Visit New Orleans on Wednesday night.
Rockets: Visit Phoenix on Thursday night.
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