February 04

Toronto Raptors 117-111 Over The Houston Rockets

The Raptors took care of business against Houston as they shook off a slow start to push the Rockets around most of the rest of the game on their way to a 117-111 win.  Toronto led by 19 at point in the third quarter and the Raptors were comfortably in control – up by 11 – to start the fourth. 

The win improved Toronto to 24-30 on the season, while the Rockets dropped to 13-39, and 3-3 on their road trip which concludes in Memphis on Sunday. 

The Rockets trimmed it down tk eight points midway through the fourth but couldn’t mount enough quality possessions and hurt themselves with missed free throws until they were running out of time. The Raptors weren’t exactly lighting it up either, but got a couple of buckets off Rockets turnovers to keep their lead in double figures until the final minute. 

The Rockets made a flurry of free throws – benefitting from a technical foul assessed against Toronto’s Precious Achiuwa — they briefly cut the lead to six with 34 seconds left before the Raptors sealed it with free throws of their own.