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The Raptors Snap The Rockets 17 Game Winning Streak

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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.

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Lebron James Drops 46 Points In Must Win Game 6

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Lebron James simply wasn’t ready to home.  Facing elimination, James poured on 46 points to force Game 7.

The Cavs won on Friday night, 109-99 despite losing Kevin Love to head injury. James was determined not to let the series end.

James was close to a triple-double but had to settle for a double-double.  James ended the night with 46 points in 46 minutes. He also added 11 rebs and 9 assist.

“Greatness,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Championship pedigree. Giving it his all. We needed that, especially when Kevin went down. We had to play `Bron as many minutes as he had to. He delivered. He was up for the challenge. He carried us home as usual.”

“It’s a Game 7,” James said. “It’s something that you wish you had when you’re done playing, but more than that, it’s just basketball for me. I know what I’m capable of doing, and I’m going to trust everything I put into it.”

Boston stayed in the game thanks to Terry Rozier’s 28 points and Jaylen Brown adding 27 points.

Boston guard Marcus Smart gave his thoughts on Game 7.

“It’s not going to be pretty,” Celtics guard Marcus Smart said. “We’ve got to come out ready to get our nose bloody and our mouth bloody. We’ve got to come out ready to fight. You’ve got to find a way, whatever it takes.”

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Jayson Tatum Leads Celtics To Game 5 Blow Out

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are now facing elimination after losing to Celtics, 96-83. Boston came stong from the game gate, with rookie Jason Tatum leading the way.

“I just enjoy playing in the big moments, in the big games,” Tatum said. “I think that’s when I have the most fun, when things are on the line. A lot of guys stepped up tonight. I can’t say it enough: We’re one win away from going to the [NBA] Finals, especially after everything we’ve been through.”

Tatum scored a team high 24 points and made history in the process. The 20-year-old moved into 4th place with the most points in the points in the postseason for a rookie.

 

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Jalen Rose Walks Off Set Over Jordan Vs Lebron

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The debate over Jordan versus Lebron will be one talked about forever. No matter where you go. For some, there is no debate, Jordan all day. For others, Lebron hands down.

Jay Williams joined Get Up! to make the point that in 1 on 1, he would give Lebron the advantage.

“You cannot tell me in a one-on-one game that LeBron James wouldn’t dominate Mike. In a one-on-one game, LeBron James, 6-9, 260 pounds — if the game was to seven, I think LeBron would win 7-3. You can talk about his mentality, but we’re not talking about five-on-five basketball, J-Rose. We’re not talking about the passive LeBron, making the right play … LeBron James is 6-9, 260, he moves like a guard! He moves like a guard. He defends like a guard.”

Jalen responded with the classic Jordan comeback.

“Michael Jordan was all-defensive first team nine times. LeBron James was five times. Michael Jordan led the league in scoring ten times. Ten! LeBron James led the league in scoring once. I’m talking about a guy whose been the best offensive player AND the best defensive player.”

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