Sports DeRozan scores 27 as Raptors beat Rockets 129-113

08:37  15 november  2017
08:37  15 november  2017 Source:   MSN

Kyle Lowry struggling with Raptors’ new approach

  Kyle Lowry struggling with Raptors’ new approach It has been a slow process and a frustrating one for Kyle Lowry as he tries to figure out just what the Raptors need from him and how he can provide it, a transition that hasn’t gone nearly as well as the team’s point guard would like. He has not had one of those Lowry games where he takes over and goes off for 30-something points or a dozen or so assists, dominating the play and doing things that have made him a three time all-star.Instead, he is kind of muddling along, figuring things out on the fly, fully expecting it to come together at some point, even if that point hasn’t presented itself in the first nine games of the regular season.

HOUSTON (AP) - DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and the Toronto Raptors built a big lead in the first half and held on for a 129 - 113 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. James Harden had 38 points and made 19 of 19 foul shots for the Rockets , who ended a six-game winning streak.

HOUSTON (AP) - DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and the Toronto Raptors built a big lead in the first half and held on for a 129 - 113 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors© Ron Turenne DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors HOUSTON - 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."

Kyle Lowry finds his shots as Raptors hold off Bulls

  Kyle Lowry finds his shots as Raptors hold off Bulls Kyle Lowry finds his shots as Raptors hold off BullsThere were issues with Lowry and his play with Raptors going into Tuesday night but the veteran point guard answered the criticism with arguably his best game of the year.

DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and the Toronto Raptors built a big lead in the first half and held on for a 129 - 113 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

HOUSTON (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and the Toronto Raptors built a big lead in the first half and held on for a 129 - 113 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. James Harden had 38 points and made 19 of 19 foul shots for the Rockets , who ended a six-game winning streak.

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 got close in the second half, but we just didn't have enough."

Houston scored six straight points, including three free throws from Harden, to make it 108-103 with about 7 1/2 minutes left.

By the Numbers: Does Raptors ‘culture change’ come at DeRozan, Lowry’s expense?

  By the Numbers: Does Raptors ‘culture change’ come at DeRozan, Lowry’s expense? With the Raptors on-court ‘culture change’ on display for ten games so far this season, take a look behind the numbers to learn what is— and isn’t— working at the moment.Following Tuesday night’s alarmingly close 119-114 win over the hapless Chicago Bulls, the Raptors find themselves with a 6-4 record— not outstanding, but respectable.

HOUSTON -- DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and the Toronto Raptors built a big lead in the first half and held on for a 129 - 113 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

HOUSTON — DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and the Toronto Raptors built a big lead in the first half and held on for a 129 - 113 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. James Harden had 38 points and made 19 of 19 foul shots for the Rockets , who ended a six-game winning streak.

Delon Wright made a free throw for the Raptors soon after that, and OG Anunoby connected for Toronto's first field goal in more than three minutes on a 3-pointer with 6:25 remaining. After Wright's layup, Kyle Lowry stole the ball from Harden, and DeRozan finished on the other end with a dunk to make it 116-103.

Harden got Houston going again with a four-point play. The free throw was his 19th, setting a franchise record for most foul shots without a miss in a game.

DeRozan and Serge Ibaka had back-to-back dunks after Harden's big play to make it 120-107 with about three minutes left and send many of the home fans toward the exits.

Harden had 11 assists and six rebounds. He has scored at least 20 points and had seven or more assists in every game this season.

The Raptors scored the first five points of the second half to make it 81-64 and pushed their lead to 19 points midway through the third on Lowry's 3-pointer.

DeRozan scores 33 points in Raptors’ victory over New Orleans

  DeRozan scores 33 points in Raptors’ victory over New Orleans DeMar Derozan scored 33 points to lift the Toronto Raptors to a thrilling 122-118 victory over New Orleans on Thursday, ending the Pelicans’ three-game win streak. Serge Ibaka added 19 points, while Kyle Lowry finished with 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and Jonas Valanciunas grabbed a team-high 13 boards for Toronto (7-4).Jrue Holiday topped New Orleans (6-6) with 34 points, while DeMarcus Cousins added 20 and Anthony Davis finished with 18.Two nights after the Raptors’ ugly 119-114 win over Chicago, the game was an entertaining affair that saw the lead change hands 22 times.

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 14: DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors handles the ball against the Houston Rockets on November 14, 2017 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images). More.

HOUSTON (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and the Toronto Raptors built a big lead in the first half and held on for a 129 - 113 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night (Wednesday James Harden, Rockets beat Pacers 118-95. Celtics hold off Raptors 95-94 for 12th straight victory.

Toronto led by 21 before Houston made five straight points, capped by a 3-point play by Tarik Black. That was the start of a nice run for the Rockets, and they used a 9-3 spurt after that to cut the lead to 97-87. Harden made four points in that span, and Eric Gordon capped it with a layup.

Houston led by eight points during the first half, but the Raptors used a 45-point second quarter to take a 76-64 edge into halftime.

TIP-INS

Raptors: Norman Powell sat out after leaving Sunday's game at Boston with a hip pointer. ... Lowry, a former Rocket, added 19 points and 10 assists. ... Anunoby scored 16 points.

Rockets: Nene missed his second straight game with a sprained right foot. ... Harden received a technical after a shot in the first quarter when he complained about the lack of a foul call. ... Trevor Ariza finished with 20 points and eight rebounds. ... P.J. Tucker got two technical fouls and was ejected in the third quarter.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Visit New Orleans on Wednesday night.

Rockets: Visit Phoenix on Thursday night.

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DeRozan reboot even better than transformer self .
It can be a perilous business, asking NBA all-stars to reconsider the way they do their jobs. The job of NBA all-star, after all, is a splendid one, what with the fame and the adoration and the astronomical pay. Arguing the merits of approaching things a new way to a man who has achieved most of his life’s dreams with a tried-and-true method — well, even if the all-star is a proven overachiever like DeMar DeRozan, it’s hardly a given there’ll be notable uptake.So give DeRozan credit for the early returns on what the Raptors hope will be remembered as a season of change.

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