Raptors continue Rockets’ road woes
Houston loses 7th in a row away from home despite Harden’s 28 points.
Jose Calderon had 18 points, 14 assists, and 10 rebounds and to lead the host Toronto Raptors to a 103-96 victory over the visiting Houston Rockets on Sunday, giving the Raptors consecutive wins for the ffrst time in eight long months.
The Rockets have lost seven straight on the road, a stretch that goes back to Nov. 2. It’s their worst road losing streak since they dropped eight straight in 2001.
Alan Anderson had 24 points, while DeMar DeRozan added 19 points for the Raptors (6-19), who hadn’t won consecutive games since April 13 and 15 of last season.
Ed Davis added 13 points for Toronto.
James Harden scored 28 points for the Rockets (1112), while Marcus Morris added 19.
The Raptors took a 7771 lead into the fourth quarter, and stretched their advantage to nine points. But Houston made for some tense moments late in the game, cutting Toronto’s lead to four points with a couple of minutes to go.
Former Raptors sharpshooter Carlos Delffno drained two baskets in the ffnal 1:04 to pull the Rockets to within two points, but Calderon sunk two free throws to put Toronto back up by four.
The teams traded free throws for most of the ffnal minute. Harden, last season’s Sixth Man award winner for Oklahoma City, drained a pair, Anderson went to the line to sink two, and then Chandler Parsons missed one of two with 13 seconds left.
Anderson scored on a driving reverse layup with 11 seconds to go to seal the victory for Toronto.
Lakers 111, 76ers 98: Kobe Bryant scored 34 points, Metta World Peace added 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds and visiting Los Angeles won consecutive games for the ffrst time in nearly a month.
Dwight Howard had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who led 60-50 at halftime. Darius Morris had a career-high 15 points, all in the ffrst half, and Chris Duhon scored 14.
The Lakers (11-14), who beat Washington 102-96 on Friday night, won two in a row for the ffrst time since a three-game streak from Nov. 16-20.
Nick Young paced the reeling Sixers (12-12) with 30 points while Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner added 16 apiece. Thaddeus Young had 14 for Philadelphia, which dropped its third straight game for the ffrst time this season.
Nuggets 122, Kings 97: Reserve JaVale McGee scored 19 points, Danilo Gallinari had 18 and visiting Denver built a big lead in the ffrst half to cruise past Sacramento.
The Nuggets scored 16 straight points to break away from a ffrst-quarter tie and have won seven in a row against the Kings.
Bucks center suspended: Milwaukee Bucks center Joel Przybilla has been suspended one game without pay for throwing a basketball that hit a referee during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Stu Jackson, the NBA’s executive vice president for basketball operations, announced the suspension Sunday.
The 7-foot-1 center will serve his suspension Tuesday when the Bucks host the Indiana Pacers.