Rap­tors con­tinue Rock­ets’ road woes

Hous­ton loses 7th in a row away from home de­spite Har­den’s 28 points.

Austin American-Statesman - - NBA - Metta World Peace (cen­ter) had a ca­reer-high 16 re­bounds in the Lak­ers’ sec­ond straight vic­tory. MICHAEL PEREZ / AP

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.

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