Rockets sputter as streak ends at 17

The Associated Press

Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, left, drives toward the basket as the Rockets’ Nene Hilario defends on Friday..

The Associated PressTORONTO (AP) — After 17 consecutive wins, Houston star James Harden wasn’t going to let one little loss spoil his outlook.

Kyle Lowry scored 30 points, DeMar DeRozan had 23 and the Toronto Raptors beat Houston 108-105 on Friday night, snapping the Rockets’ 17-game winning streak.

Harden scored 40 points, but the Rockets lost for the first time since Jan. 27 at New Orleans.

“I don’t even feel like we lost,” Harden said. “Same swagger. Nothing changed. It’s one game.”

Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors won their seventh straight in a matchup between the respective conference leaders.

“My hat is off to our guys,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “They did everything we asked them to do.”

The Rockets shot 9-for-27 from 3-point range, matching their fewest made 3-pointers of the season.

“That was our game plan, to keep them inside the 3,” Lowry said. “We tried to take away one of their strengths.”

Houston shot 1-for-9 from 3-point range in the first half.

“Early, we didn’t make our open 3s,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We didn’t have a whole lot of them, but we didn’t make them.”

Clint Capela had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Rockets. Chris Paul and Eric Gordon each scored 14 points, and Trevor Ariza had 13 as Houston’s road winning streak ended at 10.

“They’ve been playing exceptionally well of late, so for us to come in here and protect home court is big,” DeRozan said.

Toronto improved to 28-5 at home, the best record in the NBA.

Houston tied it at 102 on Harden’s 3 with 2:10 remaining, but DeRozan restored Toronto’s lead with a jump shot with 1:49 left.

Paul missed a go-ahead 3 with 14 seconds to play, then fouled Lowry in the scramble for the rebound. Lowry made both, giving the Raptors a 106-102 lead with 10 seconds to go.

Gordon answered with a 3, making it a one-point game. Houston fouled Valanciunas, who made a pair to put Toronto up by 3 with 5.4 seconds to go.

Harden got the final shot but his deep 3 from the edge of the center court circle went short.

“We had our chance to win and we just didn’t get it done,” D’Antoni said.

Pelicans can’t extend streak

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Otto Porter Jr. scored 19 points and the Washington Wizards cruised to a 116-97 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, who couldn’t overcome the absence of All-Star Anthony Davis and had their 10-game winning streak snapped.

Markieff Morris scored 17 and Bradley Beal added 16 for the Wizards, who led by as many as 27 points en route to their second straight victory.

Without 207-centimeter Davis, Washington outrebounded New Orleans 49-38.Speech

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