NBA wrap: Rockets continue to impress with win over Raptors

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The Rockets have been playing extremely well since the All-Star break.

Houston has won its last six games and defeated the Raptors, 107-95, Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). James Harden started off cold but scored 19 fourth-quarter points to end with 35.

James Harden started off cold, but scored 19 fourth-quarter points to end with 35. Clint Capela chipped in with nine points and 15 rebounds.

The Raptors were able to combat the 18-point deficit they faced at the break. They scored 26 points off turnovers to Houston’s four, but were easily outmatched when it came to fast break scoring.

Kawhi Leonard led Toronto with 26 points on 10-of-22 shooting while Serge Ibaka totaled 10 points and 15 rebounds in his double-double effort.

The Raptors have lost two games in a row and are second in the Eastern Conference standings. Houston improved to 39-25 on the season with its victory.

Studs of the Night

JJ Redick scored 26 points and made six 3-pointers in Philadelphia’s 114-106 victory over the Magic.

Karl-Anthony Towns totaled 41 points and 14 rebounds as Minnesota took down Oklahoma City, 131-120.

Mike Conley torched the Trail Blazers for 40 points in the Grizzlies’ 120-111 win.

Duds of the Night

Otto Porter Jr. contributed seven points on 3-of-11 shooting as the Bulls fell short to the Pacers, 105-96.

Highlights

Towns took flight in the Timberwolves’ victory.

Zach LaVine split the defense and attacked the rim for a powerful dunk over Myles Turner.

What’s Next?

Nuggets (42-21) at Lakers (30-34) 10:30 p.m. ET — Denver and Los Angeles have been sluggish as of late. Both teams have lost three straight. But the Nuggets are second in the Western Conference, while the Lakers are in 10th place and out of the playoff picture.

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