Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)
Kyle Lowry went off in the 1st quarter as he dropped 13 points on the Rockets. Jonas Valanciunas added on 6 points and 2 rebounds. Toronto defended James Harden extremely well, holding him to only 5 points. Toronto doubled the amount of points Houston scored in the quarter. The Raptors led 32-16 after one.
DeMar DeRozan took control of the 2nd quarter, dropping 7 points. In addition to DeRozan's 7, Malcolm Miller scored 7 points of his own. Harden started to take control of the game for the Rockets late in the quarter. The Beard dropped 9 points throughout the last few minutes of the half. Toronto led the Rockets 58-43 going into halftime.
The Raptors had no answer on how to stop Harden in the 3rd quarter. He was able to pick the defense apart for 14 points. Eric Gordon made it even more for difficult for Toronto after scoring 6 points. Lowry and Serge Ibaka defended Toronto's lead as they combined for 18 points in the quarter. The score was 83-75 heading into the final quarter of regulation.
Harden was, again, a force to be reckoned with the for the Rockets. In the 4th quarter, he dropped 9 points with ease. Fred VanVleet played amazing for the Raptors in the quarter, including brilliant passing and 7 points scored. With 2:10 left in the game, Harden nailed a step back three-pointer over VanVleet. Freddy couldn't have played better defense on Harden: it's just that he is purely unstoppable. At the 1:34 mark in the quarter, JV had a gigantic block on Rockets center Clint Capela. His block gave Toronto the ball back in crunch time, and it also electrified the crowd. After a crazy back and forth game, specifically the 4th quarter, it definitely lived up to its hype. Toronto ended Houston's 17 game winning streak, just like how Drake said it would happen. This was a statement victory for Toronto as the The Raptors defeated the Rockets 108-105.
Kyle Lowry: 30pts, 6 assists, 7/9 3PM
DeMar DeRozan: 23pts, 7 rebounds, +/- 8
Jonas Valanciunas: 14pts, 10 rebounds, 2 steals
Fred VanVleet: 11pts, 5 assists
Serge Ibaka: 11pts, 7 rebounds
Malcolm Miller: 7pts
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