It was about the Toronto Raptors - the best team in the East who have already made it to the play-offs - against the Houston Rockets, the Western Conference leaders who were on a 17-game winning streak. "I'm not saying they're the favourite, I'm still going with LeBron James, but, to me, it's more wide open than in years past when all we talked about was James getting ready to play the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals". Houston, meanwhile, missed all five of its 3-point attempts in the frame and didn't find its rhythm in the second.
Despite their struggles from 3-point range, Houston chipped away and knotted the score at 102-102 on a 3-pointer by Harden with 2:10 left.
Clint Capela had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Rockets.
"They've been playing exceptionally well of late", DeRozan said, "so for us to come in here and protect home court is big".
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Ujiri made it clear things needed to change in Toronto.
The Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets will probably not play again until next season - a Finals series isn't out of the question, but we're getting ahead of ourselves predicting anything like that. It was the first time since the Rockets had a 2-0 lead that they didn't trail, though that didn't last long. Meanwhile, his Rockets are first out west (by a half-game) with a 51-14 record. The Raptors star took a step inside the 3-point line before rising up and going right at the 6-foot-8, 240-pound Tolliver. Jarell Martin contributed 13, while making only five of his 15 shots as Memphis shot 37 percent for the game.
INDIANAPOLIS- Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 14 rebounds, Donovan Mitchell finished with 20 points and six assists, and the Utah Jazz stayed hot with a 104-84 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.
The Raptors defense continued to hold the Rockets long-range shooter at bay in the third quarter.
Khris Middleton had a game-high 30 points for the Bucks, who got a head-start on their fourth-quarter surge when Antetokounmpo rejected Emmanuel Mudiay's attempted layup before the third-quarter buzzer to preserve a 91-89 lead.