Raptors Earn Respect....

Photo By: (TROY TAORMINA / USA TODAY SPORTS)

Photo By: (TROY TAORMINA / USA TODAY SPORTS)

The Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors may have played in the best game so far this season. It was an epic game from opening tip. The Rockets brought their 17 game winning streak to Toronto to face the top seed in the East. This was battle of the two top seeds respectively from each conference and the game surely did not disappoint. 

The Raptors defeated the Rockets 108-105 in a national televised thriller. The Raptors ended the Rockets win streak of 17 straight and were led by their back court of Kyle Lowry and Demar Derozan.  They scored 53 combined points. Jonas Valanciunas contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds. 

Photo By:  Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

Photo By:  Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

The Rockets Superstar James Harden dropped 40 but wasn't enough to help Houston come away with the win. Chris Paul scored and Eric Gordon scored 14 each. 

The win for the Raptors wasn't just a normal win. They won every category rebounds (42-36), assist (22-15). They were a +18 from three against a team that leads the league in attempts and makes. Their bench also outscored the Rockets bench 28-21. 

This loss puts the Rockets and Warriors in a virtual tie for home court in the Western Conference at (51-14), but the Rockets own the tiebreaker. They have 17 games left in the regular season and I don't see them losing many more. 

 

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