Highlights: Rockets lose to Raptors
For the seventh straight game, the Rockets stumbled on the road, this time in Toronto, 103-96.
Houston couldn't overcome slow offensive starts in both the first and third quarters. On the bright side, Marcus Morris filled in more than adequately for an injured Patrick Patterson with 19 points. James Harden also had 28 points to lead the way, including a 14-of-15 performance from the free throw line. Jose Calderon had a triple-double for the Raptors with 18 points, 14 assists, and 10 rebounds. Alan Anderson contributed a career-high tying 24 points for Toronto. DeMar DeRozan also had 19 points.
The Rockets had trailed 93-84 with 3:07 left. In less than 90 seconds, they cut it to 93-89 with more chances to cut into the lead further. However, Chandler Parsons and Carlos Delfino grabbed nothing but air on two subsequent three-point attempts and, from that point on, the air was squeezed out of the Rockets comeback attempt, and they had to start playing the foul game late.
From the field
The Rockets shot 32-for-78 for 41 percent. They also shot 30.4 percent from distance, going 7-23.
At the line
This was one of the Rockets' strong suits. Houston did a great job drawing the contact and converting, especially Harden. They shot 25-for-32 for 78.1 percent, although this percentage slightly dipped towards the latter part of the game.
The Raptors had several nice dunks by DeMar DeRozan and Ed Davis that should be seen on highlight reels everywhere. Harden had a nice hoop and one going a hundred miles and hour.
The road test doesn't get any easier as the Rockets head to Madison Square Garden to face the Knicks on Monday night. Houston had one of its bigger wins of the year on Nov. 23, beating the Knicks 131-103. New York's in the middle of a six-game homestand. They should be more refreshed and ready for vengeance come Monday night.