Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
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National Basketball Association roundup: Rockets winning streak ends

National Basketball Association roundup: Rockets winning streak ends

The Rockets finally got going in the second half, with James Harden at the helm of their attacks.

The second longest win streak in Rockets history is over at 17 games following a 108-105 loss to the Toronto Raptors Friday night at Air Canada Centre. "I'm not saying they're the favourite, I'm still going with LeBron James, but, to me, it's more wide open than in years past when all we talked about was James getting ready to play the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals".

Despite Clint Capela leading all players with 13 rebounds, the team's interior defence was pivotal in limiting chances in the paint. Gordon and Chris Paul scored 14 each for Houston but shot a combined 10 for 27.

"They've been playing exceptionally well of late", said DeRozan after the game, "so for us to come in here and protect home court is big". He's not only leading the National Basketball Association in scoring (31.1) while placing third in assists (8.8), but his team also has the best record in the National Basketball Association.

Toronto made a point to take away Houston's three-pointer, and it worked. "Just got to make that 3".

Raptors surely lived up to the hype this season dismantling a strong Rockets unit but what is to be noted is that they did not manage it easily even after taking a 15-point lead in the first half.

In Milwaukee, Khris Middleton led all scorers with 30 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo chipped in 28 points, 10 rebounds and a superb block of Emmanuel Mudiay's layup in the third quarter as the Bucks beat the New York Knicks 120-112. But they attempt the third-most at 32.8 per game, and when they get hot, they get deadly.

"We were maybe surprised by the intensity or whatever", admitted Houston coach Mike D'Antoni, whose Rockets hadn't lost since January 26.

INDIANAPOLIS- Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 14 rebounds, Donovan Mitchell finished with 20 points and six assists, and the Utah Jazz stayed hot with a 104-84 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

Jamal Murray had 22 points and Nikola Jokic also scored 21 to help the Nuggets end a three-game home losing streak and stay in the thick of the playoff race.

"We didn't match their intensity until late", Paul said.

Friday was a treat for the #Toronto Raptors fans' who saw their team break #Houston Rockets' 17-straight wins record. "Our defense wasn't aggressive enough early".

Raptors: Forward OG Anunoby (sprained right ankle) missed his fourth straight game.

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