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Harden and Harrell carry Rockets over Raptors

The Houston Rockets came out with the win Sunday afternoon against the Toronto Raptors in a 129-122 victory. James Harden had a triple-double with 40 PTS, 10 REB, and 11 AST, with sophomore Montrezl Harrell scoring 28 points on 12-13 shooting.

Winners of 7 straight, the Houston Rockets came into the Air Canada center Sunday ¬†looking to split the season series with the Toronto Raptors. In all three contests of 2017, Houston won on double-digit comebacks. That pattern would continue as the Rockets again fell behind early in the 1st quarter that would end 37-27 in Toronto’s favor.

However, Harrell¬†provided the spark Houston needed to get back on its feet in the second quarter. The 2-year big man out of Louisville put up 6 PTS in the first 3 min of the 2nd quarter ending with 11 at the end of the period. Patrick Beverley and Harden also got in on the offensive side and Houston clawed it’s way back into the game with a buzzer-beater 3 by Trevor Ariza.

Down 99-95 entering the fourth quarter, the Rockets went on a 15-0 run to take an 11-point lead. DeRozan’s run of 12 consecutive points for the Raptors cut into that advantage, but Toronto could get no closer than five points.

Even with the win, Harden had 10 TOV in total, something he acknowledged post-game.

”We’re almost halfway through the season and we’re a fairly new team still and I’ll get better and my turnovers will start dropping just when I get familiar with what different defenses are doing but until then, we’re rolling, guys are happy and we’re making shots.”

Toronto has lost two straight in the last 12 minutes, losing their overtime contest in Chicago on Saturday night, followed up with Sunday’s loss, a game where they had a 13-point lead at one stage.

DeRozan finished with 36 points, setting a career high with his 18th 30-plus-point game of the season. DeMarre Carroll tied a career high with 26 points and set a career high with six 3-pointers on 10 attempts.

‘It just sucks in the moment, especially two night sin a row,” DeMar DeRozan said. ”It happened and you just have to lock in.”

Houston’s win streak has improved to 8 with the win, and they look to keep the streak alive as they head back to Toyota Center to take on Charlotte, Tuesday night.

Reginald Pierre-Antoine

I am currently a senior at Jack Yates Senior High School in the Third Ward. Though I’ve been in Houston for much of my life, I am a native Floridian, born in Miami.
I have always had a profound interest for news and information, mainly in sports. I have a passion for the game of basketball and keep up with the latest NBA news.
I aspire to attend Arizona State University to major in Communications in the fall of 2017.

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