Raptors win battle against Harden, lose war to Rockets

Danuel House Jr. returns to Rockets in bench role at Toronto

Danuel House Jr. returns to Rockets in bench role at Toronto

The change was made because the Rockets weren't sure how much endurance House would have in his first game coming off an illness, which he had characterized as the flu.

It wasn't the prettiest of starts as the Rockets averaged one turnover per minute for the first six minutes of the game, but Houston never was down by more than three points throughout the course of the game.

Harden finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and five steals, which, by his standards, is somehow subpar.

"I don't think we played offence well enough", said Nurse.

McLemore wasn't the only role player that shined in the big win, however. Let's analyze how each player fared against Toronto.

In the incident in question, Harden dunked with such force that the ball swung back up around the outside of the rim after passing through the hoop and getting caught in the net.

Houston led 34-28 after the first quarter, with Harden contributing three points. Siakam had 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting - and two fouls - in the quarter.

Harden sank an off-balance three-pointer early in the third quarter and followed up with another long-distance shot. P.J. Tucker had 18 points and Danuel House Jr. added 16. He missed his third, with less than 30 seconds in the half.

The lead reached 16 on McLemore's three-pointer with 4:16 left in the second quarter. The Raptors then went on a 13-5 surge and the first half ended with Houston leading 63-55.

The Raptors answered with a 12-0 run capped by Lowry's 3-pointer to tie the game at 74-74 with 5:54 to play in the third. Felt like he took more of a backseat as the night went on and the Raptors relied more on Lowry and Fred.

The Houston Rockets will file a protest with the National Basketball Association regarding Tuesday's loss to the San Antonio Spurs, a source told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. The Spurs defeat was Houston's fourth in its last six games, following an eight-game winning streak.

Toronto suffered its first home loss of the season Tuesday, a 121-110 overtime setback at the hands of the Miami Heat in Lowry's return after an 11-game absence due to a broken thumb.

Toronto had won seven straight and 11 of its previous 13 prior to the Miami defeat.

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