◼️ The conference leaders met with the Raptors in Toronto and it was a victory for the locals, with 30 points from Lowry and 23 from DeRozan. Harden got 40 but missed the final shot.

This season’s best run in the NBA came to an end this Friday, when Houston Rockets (51-14), who had 17 wins in a row (10 away), fell at Toronto Raptors home (48-17) by 108. -105.

The Canadian team, which now has 7 wins in a row in front of the Eastern Conference, had 30 points from Kyle Lowry, who burned the nets with 10 of 14 shots and 7 of 9 in 3-pointers. DeRozan contributed 23 points and Valanciunas 14 and 10 rebounds.

James Harden scored 40 points in 33 minutes, with 15 of 22 field goals, but could not make the comeback. Despite starting 32-16 down in the score, the Rockets twisted the story and stretched the closing minutes until the very end.

This game reflects everything that we talked about in our last article talking about why the Rockets will not be NBA champions this year. We recommend that you read it.

Houston remains solo at the top of the West as the Golden State Warriors, without Stephen Curry (sprained ankle), lost on their visit to the Portland Trail Blazers, 125-108.

Other results: Pacers 112-87 Hawks // Pistons 99-83 Bulls // Pelicans 97-116 Wizards // Bucks 120-112 Knicks // Grizzlies 78-95 Jazz // Nuggets 125-116 Lakers // Kings 94-88 Magic // Clippers 116-102 Cavaliers.

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