TOR holds off Har­den, HOU

Boston Herald - - NHL / NBA SCOREBOARD / RACING -

DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and the Toronto Rap­tors built a big lead in the first half and held on for a 129-113 vic­tory against the Rock­ets last night in Hous­ton.

James Har­den had 38 points and made 19-of-19 foul shots for the Rock­ets, who ended a six-game win­ning streak. Hous­ton scored six straight points, in­clud­ing three free throws from Har­den, to make it 108-103 with 71⁄2 min­utes left.

Delon Wright made a free throw for the Rap­tors soon af­ter that, and OG Anunoby con­nected for Toronto’s first field goal in more than three min­utes on a 3-pointer with 6:25 re­main­ing. Af­ter Wright’s layup, Kyle Lowry stole the ball from Har­den, and DeRozan fin­ished on the other end with a dunk to make it 116-103.

Har­den got Hous­ton go­ing again with a four-point play. The free throw was his 19th, set­ting a fran­chise record for most foul shots with­out a miss in a game.

DeRozan and Serge Ibaka had back-to-back dunks af­ter Har­den’s big play to make it 120-107 with about three min­utes left and send many of the home fans to­ward the ex­its.

Har­den had 11 as­sists and six re­bounds. He has scored at least 20 points and had seven or more as­sists in ev­ery game this sea­son.

Toronto’s C.J. Miles opened the fourth quar­ter with a 3-pointer to make it 106-94.

The Rap­tors scored the first five points of the sec­ond half to make it 81-64 and pushed their lead to 19 points mid­way through the third when Lowry made a 3-pointer. Toronto led by 21 be­fore Hous­ton made five straight points, capped by a 3-point play by Tarik Black. The Rock­ets used a 9-3 spurt af­ter that to cut the lead to 97-87.

Spurs 97, Mav­er­icks 91 — La­Mar­cus Aldridge scored a sea­son-high 32 points in his home­town and San An­to­nio downed host Dal­las.

Gregg Popovich be­came the fastest NBA coach to 500 road wins. He got there in 835 away games, 41 fewer than Pat Ri­ley.

Patty Mills added a sea­son-high 19 points for the Spurs.

Rookie Den­nis Smith Jr. led Dal­las with a ca­reer­high 27 points, and J.J. Barea and Har­ri­son Barnes had 16 each. The Mav­er­icks are just 2-13 for the sec­ond straight sea­son and fifth time over­all.

Aldridge was hit with a tech­ni­cal foul with 3:33 left in the sec­ond quar­ter for shov­ing the Mav­er­icks’ Salah Me­jri af­ter a scrap un­der the bas­ket.

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