Toronto Raptors Lose to Houston Rockets in What Was a Crazy Finish
With an 11-point lead in hand with just 1:14 left in the game, the Houston Rockets thought they sealed a big home win against Eastern Conference powerhouse, the Toronto Raptors.
The were the furthest thing from correct.
A storm of a comeback followed, as the Raptors came within two points in the closing seconds. With a chance to steal a game on the road, newly-named All-Star Kawhi Leonard missed a well-contested three-point shot at the buzzer, giving the Rockets a 121-119 victory.
Up by as many as 22 points, the Rockets were led by 35 points from James Harden. That being said, it was the role players who provided gut punch after gut punch as the Raptors attempted to play comeback all night long. Kenneth Faried, who was recently bought out by the Brooklyn Nets, put up 21 points and 14 rebounds in the start, while Eric Gordon added 24 points of his own. Former Raptor PJ Tucker also came up huge, pouring in 18 points of his own on 7/11 shooting.
“The lift was great,” James Harden said. “Kenneth brought the energy that we’ve been waiting on.”
The Rockets are expected to get star point guard Chris Paul back shortly.
Despite the loss and consistently trailing by double-digits, there were some positive takeaways from last night’s contest for the Raptors.
Holding Harden to 9/25 from the field, the combination of Danny Green and OG Anunoby did a stellar job defending the MVP candidate. Green himself finished the night with 22 points, drilling a few clutch frees as the Raptors attempted to claw back into the game. Pascal Siakam added 22 points and 12 rebounds of his own, while Leonard led all scores for the Raptors with 32 points.
Losers of two straight, the Raptors travel to Dallas to take on the Mavericks on Sunday evening, before returning home to the Scotiabank Arena to square off against the Milwaukee Bucks.