The Houston Rockets entered the game against Toronto Raptors with 17 consecutive wins and confidence for an 18th. The team had a ton of momentum after the All-Star Break. On Friday that all came to halt, at least for now.
Kyle Lowry scored 30 points, DeMar DeRozan had 23 and the Toronto Raptors beat Houston 108-105 on Friday night, snapping the Rockets’ 17-game winning streak.
Harden scored 40 points but the Rockets lost for the first time since Jan. 26 at New Orleans.
“I don’t even feel like we lost,” Harden said. “Same swagger. Nothing changed. It’s one game.”
The Raptors perimeter defense held the Rockets 1 of 16 beyond the arch in the first half. Toronto, on the other hand, beat the Rockets at their own game with 15 three-pointers on the night.
“They’ve been playing exceptionally well, so for us to come in here and protect home court was big,” said DeRozan.