HOUSTON (AP) The Toronto Raptors have struggled to close out games against good teams this season.
They solved that Tuesday night, getting 27 points from DeMar DeRozan while holding off the Rockets 129-113 despite a couple late runs by Houston.
Just as important, DeRozan thinks he knows the key for Toronto holding leads going forward.
”Liking this feeling,” he said. ”You’ve got to love this feeling so you don’t got to go out there having too many of them close games that you lost, feeling upset, got to wait until the next game. You’ve got to want to continue to have this feeling and that should work out everything else.”
Toronto led by 12 at halftime and had to repeatedly shut down rally attempts from the Rockets.
”Consistency in this league is a hard thing to grab, and that’s what we’ve got to reach for, grab for each and every night,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. ”If we could bottle tonight, the energy, the toughness, the togetherness we had tonight, it (would be) special.”
James Harden had 38 points and made 19 of 19 foul shots for the Rockets, who ended a six-game winning streak.
”We weren’t sharp,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. ”Sometimes you let down and it’s hard to turn it back on. We tried, we
Article source: https://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/derozan-scores-27-as-raptors-beat-rockets-129-113-111417
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