Lowry scores 30, Raptors end Rockets' win streak at 17 games
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 10, 2018 11:04 AM
FILE - Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry reacts after making a three-point shot against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored 30 points, DeMar DeRozan had 23 and the Toronto Raptors beat Houston 108-105 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time), snapping the Rockets' 17-game winning streak.
James Harden scored 40 points but the Rockets lost for the first time since Jan. 27 (Jan. 28, PHL time) at New Orleans.
Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors won their seventh straight in a matchup between the respective conference leaders.
The Rockets shot 9-for-27 from three-point range, matching their fewest made three-pointers of the season.
Clint Capela had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Rockets. Chris Paul and Eric Gordon each scored 14 points, and Trevor Ariza had 13 as Houston's road winning streak ended at 10.
Houston tied it at 102 on Harden's triple with 2:10 remaining, but DeRozan restored Toronto's lead with a jump shot with 1:49 left.
Paul missed a go-ahead three with 14 seconds to play, then fouled Lowry in the scramble for the rebound. Lowry made both, giving the Raptors a 106-102 lead with 10 seconds to go.
Gordon answered with a three, making it a one-point game. Houston fouled Valanciunas, who made a pair to put Toronto up by 3 with 5.4 seconds to go.
Harden got the final shot but his deep triple from the edge of the center court circle went short, giving the Raptors the win.
Lowry connected on his first five shots and scored 13 points in the opening quarter as Toronto led 32-16. The Rockets missed eight of their first 10 field goal attempts and shot 6-for-21 in the first, missing all five three-point attempts. 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.
Harden scored nine points in the second but the Rockets continued to struggle from long range, making 1-of-4 three-point shots. DeRozan had seven points for the Raptors, who led 58-43 at halftime.
Houston's only lower-scoring first half this season was a 39-point effort in a Feb. 26 win at Utah.
The Rockets were 1-for-12 from three-point range before Harden drained back-to-back shots with 2:48 left in the third. Harden scored 14 in the third, overcoming nine points from Lowry, as Houston cut the deficit to 83-75 after three.
Rockets: F Ryan Anderson (left hip) missed his sixth straight game. ... Joe Johnson returned after missing the previous two games because of an illness. ... The Rockets had 62 points in the paint.
Raptors: Forward OG Anunoby (sprained right ankle) missed his fourth straight game. ... G Delon Wright (sprained right big toe) was unavailable after leaving Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) win at Detroit. Wright initially suffered the injury in Tuesday's (Wednesday, PHL time) home win over Atlanta.
Rockets: Visit Dallas on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Houston has won seven straight in the series, its third-longest streak all-time.
Raptors: Visit New York on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).