DeMar DeRozan says James Harden is a lock for MVP

Joe Johnson expected to return Friday vs. Raptors Ryan Anderson doubtful

Toronto Raptors handed Houston its first loss since Jan 27 with a 115-112 win on the Raptors' home court.

Toronto made a point to take away Houston's three-pointer, and it worked.

Griffin tied the game on the next possession to put the contest into overtime.

Kyle Lowry had his third 30-point game of the season and finished with a blistering clip of 71.4 percent.

Chris Paul finished with 14 points for Houston but missed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 14.5 seconds to play.

Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors won their seventh straight in a matchup between the respective conference leaders. Detroit has lost four in a row and 10 of 12. With more players getting touches, the Raptors are scoring the fourth-most points per game in the league, up from 10th last season.


DeMar DeRozan posterized Pistons forward Anthony Tolliver into oblivion on Wednesday night with a go-ahead dunk in the final seconds of regulation. He was also fouled on the play and made the resulting free throw. Joe Johnson returned after missing the previous two games because of an illness.

Friday was a treat for the #Toronto Raptors fans' who saw their team break #Houston Rockets' 17-straight wins record.

The Toronto Raptors withstood a late surge from Houston to halt the Rockets' 17-game National Basketball Association winning streak with a 108-105 victory Friday (Saturday in Manila) in a clash of conference leaders. Houston hasn't lost since January 26 at New Orleans.

For Lowry, he said that the Raptors must find a way to maintain the level they showed in the first quarter throughout the game.

Bucks 120, Knicks 112: Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, outmuscling NY in the lane to help the Bucks hold on and win in Milwaukee. The Rockets led comfortably from there. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Lonzo Ball had 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. "Just got to make that 3". The Bucks did most of their damage during the spurt around the bucket, with Antetokounmpo leading the way. On the opposite end, DeRozan drilled his 3-point attempt.

Gordon and Paul scored 14 while Caplea and Trevor Ariza chipped in 13, Capela added 13 rebounds. Houston, by far the NBA's best first-quarter team with an average margin of plus-4.8 points, was doubled up in the first dozen minutes in large part due to a terrific defensive performance by the Raptors. This indicates that Rockets are strong contenders for the title this season and it would take some skill to beat the Rockets in the finals that they are nearly certain to reach.

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