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DeRozan scores 27 as Raptors beat Rockets 129-113

HOUSTON (AP) The Toronto Raptors have struggled to close out games against good teams this season.

They solved that Tuesday night, getting 27 points from DeMar DeRozan while holding off the Rockets 129-113 despite a couple late runs by Houston.

Just as important, DeRozan thinks he knows the key for Toronto holding leads going forward.

''Liking this feeling,'' he said. ''You've got to love this feeling so you don't got to go out there having too many of them close games that you lost, feeling upset, got to wait until the next game. You've got to want to continue to have this feeling and that should work out everything else.''

Toronto led by 12 at halftime and had to repeatedly shut down rally attempts from the Rockets.

''Consistency in this league is a hard thing to grab, and that's what we've got to reach for, grab for each and every night,'' Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. ''If we could bottle tonight, the energy, the toughness, the togetherness we had tonight, it (would be) special.''

James Harden had 38 points and made 19 of 19 foul shots for the Rockets, who ended a six-game winning streak.

''We weren't sharp,'' Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said. ''Sometimes you let down and it's hard to turn it back on. We tried, we got close in the second half, but we just didn't have enough.''

Houston scored six straight points, including three free throws from Harden, to make it 108-103 with about 7 1/2 minutes left.

Delon Wright made a free throw for the Raptors soon after that, and OG Anunoby connected for Toronto's first field goal in more than three minutes on a 3-pointer with 6:25 remaining. After Wright's layup, Kyle Lowry stole the ball from Harden, and DeRozan finished on the other end with a dunk to make it 116-103.

Harden got Houston going again with a four-point play. The free throw was his 19th, setting a franchise record for most foul shots without a miss in a game.

DeRozan and Serge Ibaka had back-to-back dunks after Harden's big play to make it 120-107 with about three minutes left and send many of the home fans toward the exits.

Harden had 11 assists and six rebounds. He has scored at least 20 points and had seven or more assists in every game this season.

The Raptors scored the first five points of the second half to make it 81-64 and pushed their lead to 19 points midway through the third on Lowry's 3-pointer.

Toronto led by 21 before Houston made five straight points, capped by a 3-point play by Tarik Black. That was the start of a nice run for the Rockets, and they used a 9-3 spurt after that to cut the lead to 97-87. Harden made four points in that span, and Eric Gordon capped it with a layup.

Houston led by eight points during the first half, but the Raptors used a 45-point second quarter to take a 76-64 edge into halftime.

TIP-INS

Raptors: Norman Powell sat out after leaving Sunday's game at Boston with a hip pointer. ... Lowry, a former Rocket, added 19 points and 10 assists. ... Anunoby scored 16 points.

Rockets: Nene missed his second straight game with a sprained right foot. ... Harden received a technical after a shot in the first quarter when he complained about the lack of a foul call. ... Trevor Ariza finished with 20 points and eight rebounds. ... P.J. Tucker got two technical fouls and was ejected in the third quarter.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Visit New Orleans on Wednesday night.

Rockets: Visit Phoenix on Thursday night.

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Key Players
D. DeRozan
10 G
J. Harden
13 G
36.1 Min. Per Game 36.1
30.2 Pts. Per Game 30.2
10.2 Ast. Per Game 10.2
4.9 Reb. Per Game 4.9
45.2 Field Goal % 44.3
44.7 Three Point % 44.7
83.3 Free Throw % 84.2
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:00
+ 2 Clint Capela made dunk 0:25
  Offensive rebound by Clint Capela 0:25
  Bobby Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:28
+ 2 OG Anunoby made dunk, assist by Pascal Siakam 0:38
  Bad pass turnover on Bobby Brown, stolen by Delon Wright 0:42
+ 3 Fred VanVleet made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Delon Wright 0:58
+ 1 Bobby Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:14
  Team rebound 1:14
  Bobby Brown missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:14
  Shooting foul on Fred VanVleet 1:14
Team Stats
Points 129 113
Field Goals 41-79 (51.9%) 33-79 (41.8%)
3-Pointers 14-30 (46.7%) 12-39 (30.8%)
Free Throws 33-42 (78.6%) 35-41 (85.4%)
Total Rebounds 42 57
Offensive 6 14
Defensive 31 34
Team 5 9
Assists 28 21
Steals 11 4
Blocks 4 4
Turnovers 13 19
Fouls 30 27
Technicals 1 5
away team logo
K. Lowry G 7
19 PTS, 5 REB, 10 AST
home team logo
J. Harden G 13
38 PTS, 6 REB, 11 AST
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away team logo Raptors 8-5 31452726129
home team logo Rockets 11-433313019113
Team Stats
away team logoRaptors 8-5 110.5 PPG 41.5 RPG 23.2 APG
home team logoRockets 11-4 115.0 PPG 44.1 RPG 23.0 APG
Key Players
D. DeRozan G 23.2 PPG 4.5 RPG 5.2 APG 47.7 FG%
J. Harden G 32.0 PPG 5.1 RPG 9.5 APG 46.3 FG%
Top Scorers
D. DeRozan G 27 PTS 6 REB 5 AST
J. Harden G 38 PTS 6 REB 11 AST
51.9 FG% 41.8
46.7 3PT FG% 30.8
78.6 FT% 85.4
Raptors
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. DeRozan 33 27 6 5 1 0 3 2 7/16 0/3 13/16 0 6 41 +7
K. Lowry 37 19 5 10 1 0 2 4 4/12 2/7 9/10 0 5 43 +14
O. Anunoby 29 16 2 1 1 0 0 4 6/8 3/4 1/2 0 2 21 +22
J. Valanciunas 16 12 7 1 0 0 2 2 5/9 0/0 2/2 3 4 19 -1
S. Ibaka 24 5 5 0 0 2 1 3 2/5 1/2 0/2 0 5 11 +18
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. DeRozan 33 27 6 5 1 0 3 2 7/16 0/3 13/16 0 6 41 +7
K. Lowry 37 19 5 10 1 0 2 4 4/12 2/7 9/10 0 5 43 +14
O. Anunoby 29 16 2 1 1 0 0 4 6/8 3/4 1/2 0 2 21 +22
J. Valanciunas 16 12 7 1 0 0 2 2 5/9 0/0 2/2 3 4 19 -1
S. Ibaka 24 5 5 0 0 2 1 3 2/5 1/2 0/2 0 5 11 +18
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. Miles 16 19 1 2 2 1 0 3 6/12 6/9 1/2 0 1 27 -7
D. Wright 25 14 2 2 1 0 2 1 5/5 0/0 4/5 0 2 19 +18
F. VanVleet 15 8 3 4 2 0 1 3 2/6 2/4 2/2 1 2 20 +7
J. Poeltl 13 7 3 1 1 1 1 3 3/4 0/0 1/1 2 1 13 +5
P. Siakam 19 2 1 2 2 0 1 4 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 8 -7
L. Nogueira 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 2 +2
A. McKinnie 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +2
N. Powell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Caboclo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 129 37 28 11 4 13 30 41/79 14/30 33/42 6 31 224 +80
Rockets
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Harden 39 38 6 11 0 1 9 5 8/25 3/11 19/19 1 5 58 -2
T. Ariza 37 20 8 2 1 0 1 4 6/11 5/8 3/3 0 8 32 0
E. Gordon 33 12 1 3 1 0 3 4 3/12 0/7 6/7 0 1 17 -7
C. Capela 28 11 11 1 2 0 0 3 5/7 0/0 1/2 5 6 26 -17
R. Anderson 31 9 8 0 0 1 1 1 3/8 2/6 1/2 4 4 17 -24
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Harden 39 38 6 11 0 1 9 5 8/25 3/11 19/19 1 5 58 -2
T. Ariza 37 20 8 2 1 0 1 4 6/11 5/8 3/3 0 8 32 0
E. Gordon 33 12 1 3 1 0 3 4 3/12 0/7 6/7 0 1 17 -7
C. Capela 28 11 11 1 2 0 0 3 5/7 0/0 1/2 5 6 26 -17
R. Anderson 31 9 8 0 0 1 1 1 3/8 2/6 1/2 4 4 17 -24
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Black 17 13 7 0 0 2 2 4 5/8 0/1 3/4 3 4 20 +1
L. Mbah a Moute 31 9 2 3 0 0 1 4 3/6 2/4 1/2 0 2 16 -11
B. Brown 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 1/2 0 0 0 -2
P. Tucker 16 0 5 1 0 0 1 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 4 6 -14
D. Jackson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -2
Z. Qi 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -2
C. Onuaku - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Weber - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Nene - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Paul - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 113 48 21 4 4 19 27 33/79 12/39 35/41 14 34 192 -80