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DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and the Toronto Raptors got their most meaningful win of the season, holding off the host Houston Rockets 129-113 on Tuesday.
The Rockets made a couple of late runs, only to have them thwarted by the determined Raptors.
“Consistency in this league is a hard thing to grab, and that’s what we’ve got to reach for, grab for each and every night,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey told reporters. “If we could bottle tonight, the energy, the toughness, the togetherness we had tonight, it (would be) special.”
Kyle Lowry added 19 points and 10 assists for the Raptors.
The Rockets received a game-high 38 points, as well as 11 assists, from James Harden, who made all 19 of his free-throw attempts. Still, the Rockets saw a six-game winning streak come to an end.
Trevor Ariza tacked on 20 points and eight rebounds.