In the first half at Toyota Center Wednesday night, the Rockets were held to 30 points, on 40 percent shooting, they missed 16 of their first 18 three-pointers and committed 13 turnovers. The poor first half led to a 115-102 loss to the Toronto Raptors.
The Rockets shot the ball better after halftime, but they still finished the night with a season-high 28 turnovers. James Harden accounted for nine of them, a season-high 12. He finished with 29 points and 15 assists.
Toronto led 24-20 after a quarter, but knocked down five shots from downtown, including four straight, in the second, ballooning the lead up to 15 at the break. Houston started the second half with a 9-2 run thanks three straight makes from downtown from Trevor Ariza and Patrick Beverly, but the Raptors responded with an 11-4 run, to push the lead back to where it was when the half started, and they built onto it from there.
Lucas Nogueria split a pair of free throws with 1:24 second left in the third quarter to make it a 20-point game, and the quarter ended with the Raptors up 90-74. The Rockets made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to get within seven, but DeMarre Carroll scored five straight points to put the game away. He put up seven on his 20 in the game’s final 2:30.
The loss end the Rockets 3-game win streak and drops them to 9-6 on the season. Ryan Anderson (13), Clint Capela (12), and Patrick Beverly (10) joined Harden in double-figures.
DeMar DeRozan, second in the league in scoring coming into the game scored 24 points. He was held to three points in the first half, but scored 11 straight points in the third quarter.
Corey Joseph came off the bench and provided 17 points, while former Rocket Kyle Lowry added 15 and nine assists. Jonas Valanciunas also chipped in 15 points, but added 16 rebounds, as the Raptors improve to 9-6.