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National Basketball Association roundup: Rockets winning streak ends

National Basketball Association roundup: Rockets winning streak ends

"I knew him when he didn't have a lick of hair on his face", said DeRozan earlier of the bearded all-star.

"My hat is off to our guys", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "Tonight was one of those tests". I think he's a lock for it. Harden finished second for the second time in his career last season. The rebound went to DeRozan, who rushed into the frontcourt and got into the lane, where a couple defenders stood in his way. DeRozan pushed the ball up the court and found VanVleet open in the corner.

The Raptors' emphasis on defending the 3-point line had them drop their big men to the rim on screens, giving up mid-range shots and an occasional drive, but keeping defenders out on the perimeter. On Friday night they gave a taste of what a potential seven game series could look like between the two.

Only one player in the league who had at least as many attempts had been more accurate than Valanciunas on above the break three-pointers * a href="https://stats.nba.com/players/shooting/?Season=2017-18&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&DistanceRange=By%20Zone&sort=Above%20the%20Break%203%20FG%20PCT&dir=1&PerMode=Totals&CF=Above%20the%20Break%203%20FGA*GE*48" target="_blank" rel="noopener" *(45.8 percent) so far this season.

On Friday, the Toronto Raptors showed exactly why they're at the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

New York, which finished a winless four-game road trip, has lost 14 of its last 15 games.

Toronto's Serge Ibaka was ejected in the second quarter. It wasn't the 28-year-old's most efficient game of the season (8-19, 3-7 from three), but DeRozan came up clutch once again, responding to Harden's game-tying 3-pointer with a fall-away baseline jumper over Harden to restore Toronto's lead.

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"We didn't do what we were supposed to do. I go by the name of Drake, this a OVO Sound ting for life".

His free throw put the Raptors up by two, but Griffin scored inside with 0.9 seconds left to tie it.

This was a game the Raptors needed after some close games against the Atlanta Hawks and the Detroit Pistons.

The Warriors were going without two-time league MVP Stephen Curry, who missed the game after suffering a sprained ankle Thursday. The Raptors, on the other hand, made 15-38.

There were three turnovers in the final second of regulation. Blake Griffin, smartly, made a decision to back away from the play. It's on me. He reached back and got a piece of the ball.

They tried a similar long pass, but the same thing happened. "We tried to take away one of their strengths". Heading into a battle of conference leaders with the visiting Houston Rockets on Friday, the Raptors have emerged as a legitimate threat to make it to the National Basketball Association final.

Pistons: Host the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.


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