The Toronto Raptors started slowly but battled back Friday night only to lose on a missed buzzer beater by Kawhi Leonard as the Rockets escaped 121-119.
James Harden finished with 35 points extending his streak of 30-point games to 22 straight. Kenneth Faried was massive for Houston all game long finishing with a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Eric Gordon added 24 points in the win.
Leonard finished with a team-high 32 points, seven rebounds, five assists. Pascal Siakam and Danny Green both posted 22 points in the loss.
The Raptors now head to Dallas to take on Luka Doncic and the Mavericks on Sunday afternoon.
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Boxscore | Play-by-Play
Final: Rockets 121, Raptors 119
Rockets grabbed the W! 🚀 pic.twitter.com/F09bmlNJCg- Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 26, 2019
10:37 p.m. - The Rockets were extremely sloppy down the stretch and it almost cost them the game, but in the end they hold on for the victory 121-119. James Harden finished with a game-high 35 points, 7 assists - his 22nd consecutive game with at least 30 points. Eric Gordon added 24 points and Kenneth Faried had a double-double of 21 points, 14 rebounds.
10:36 p.m. - Kawhi takes a three as the buzzer sounds and missed, good defence by James Harden. Raps lose.
10:35 p.m. - Umm a lot happened and all of a sudden the Raptors have a chance to win the game with 16.0 second left. 121-119 Rockets.
HERE WE GO!- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 26, 2019
10:14 p.m. - Out of the time out the Rockets get an Austin Rivers' three ending a drought that saw them miss 13 straight, and then P.J. Tucker comes up with a steal and finish. Not the way Nick Nurse wanted to come out of the time out.
10:10 p.m. - The Rockets have missed 13 straight threes allowing Toronto to hang around mid way through the fourth period, Houston leads 103-94. With 7:01 left to go the next three minutes will be crucial if the Raps plan on walking away with a win.
10:09 p.m. - Kenneth Faried has been solid all night for the Rockets - 16 points, 12 rebounds and plenty of hustle.
Tucker & Faried making an impact on both ends! #Rockets- NBA (@NBA) January 26, 2019
📺: ESPN pic.twitter.com/Kf5a5E9jki
End of Third Quarter: Rockets 96, Raptors 89
9:57 p.m. - Raptors were within four and the Rockets put their foot back on the gas and take a 96-89 lead into the fourth quarter. Kawhi Leonard leads the way for the Raps with 23 points, Harden has a game-high 24 points. Toronto has won the last two quarters but because of their poor start are still playing catch up.
9:38 p.m. - Long time between timeouts but we finally get a TV timeout with the Rockets up 82-72. The Raptors started out the third period on a 9-4 run and looked to be poised to take the lead but back-to-back three for Houston held Toronto at bay. Both Harden and Eric Gordon have 20 points, Kawhi leads the way for the Raps with 19.
👏 THIS 👏 IS 👏 ROCKETS 👏 BASKETBALL 👏 pic.twitter.com/O6N2OPpyWL- Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 26, 2019
Halftime: Rockets 70, Raptors 61
Eric Gordon (15 PTS) & PJ Tucker (14 PTS, 4 3PM) help the @HoustonRockets take a halftime lead on ESPN!#Rockets 70#WeTheNorth 61- NBA (@NBA) January 26, 2019
James Harden: 13 PTS, 5 AST
Kenneth Faried: 10 PTS, 10 REB
Kawhi Leonard: 17 PTS, 5-7 FGM pic.twitter.com/iIvhqOTMej
9:15 p.m. - The Raptors found a 14-6 run to close the gap before the end of the half. They finally found some energy and effort mid way through the second quarter, but Houston finished the half strong to take a nine point lead into the break. Harden with 13 points, Kawhi with 17 points.
8:54 p.m. - James Harden is back in the game. Rockets had a 21-6 run without him.
8:51 p.m. - It's not going well for the Raptors. Houston getting whatever they want, whenever they want it. Rebound count is 20-7 in favour of Houston. Rockets shooting 52% from the field, with Eric Gordon leading the charge - he has a game-high 13 points. Raptors just haven't matched Houston's energy or effort, they're down big 48-26.
13 for Eric Gordon with 8:11 left in Q2!- NBA (@NBA) January 26, 2019
21-6 @HoustonRockets run stretches the lead on ESPN.#Rockets 48#WeTheNorth 26 pic.twitter.com/BZg4G7LykQ
8:50 p.m. - Austin Rivers with a killer cross on Lowry...sheesh.
.@AustinRivers25 👀 pic.twitter.com/cXD4YM8AMW- Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 26, 2019
End of First Quarter: Rockets 33, Raptors 20
8:41 p.m. - The Rockets have jumped on the Raptors early. They've been more aggressive, brought more energy and winning the 50-50 balls. Houston had a 13-0 run in the first, they're out-rebounding Toronto 16-6. Harden will start the second quarter on the bench, he has 7 points, 3 assists.
8:39 p.m. - Oh get up EG!
In awe at this @TheofficialEG10 lad. Absolute unit. 💪 pic.twitter.com/zMuPLeNr2N- Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 26, 2019
8:32 p.m. - TV time out. Raps down 25-12. Harden already causing the team trouble he has 7 points, 3 assists. So much attention being paid to Harden that Toronto has failed to box out giving up 5 offensive rebounds - Raptors losing the rebound count 13-5.
8:24 p.m. - Time out on the floor. Rockets jumping out to an 8-point lead, 16-8 Houston. Raptors will have to pay attention to Rockets' newcomer Kenneth Faried who is already all over the glass. P.J. Tucker already with 8 points.
8:18 p.m. - Took a while for tip-off as it's a national T.V game in the States on ESPN. Former Raptor P.J. Tucker the first to score, Ibaka answers with a jumper - off we go on game number 51 for Toronto this season.
First 🏀: PJ Tucker pic.twitter.com/wFoMK5YmVm- Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 26, 2019
Starting five for both teams. Rockets go small, Raptors counter with their preferred starting unit.
Rockets vs. Raptors Starters ⤵️- Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 26, 2019
F PJ Tucker
G @JHarden13 pic.twitter.com/ieTmF17izT
Tonight's starting 5. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/rlKVjz54ax- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 25, 2019
Harden and Eric Gordon look ready to go.
Taking on the Raptors tonight. 🚀🏀 pic.twitter.com/X2p3XaotAU- Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 25, 2019
Kawhi has done a great job slowing Harden down in the past.
The Raptors head to Houston to take on the Rockets (8 ET on ESPN). Kawhi Leonard could make his return tonight and that isn't good news for James Harden.- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 25, 2019
Leonard has held Harden to 27% shooting in the halfcourt over the last five seasons, including the playoffs. pic.twitter.com/ANqzeMDXYy
Raptors slowly getting healthier in time for the stretch run, only JV still out.
Only Jonas Valanciunas is on the injury report for tonight's game against Houston.- (((Eric Koreen))) (@ekoreen) January 25, 2019
No CP3 for the Rockets, but if it was a playoff game he'd be available.
Mike D'Antoni says Chris Paul is out tonight vs Raptors. 'If it was a playoff game he could go, we're just being extra cautious'- Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) January 25, 2019