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The Houston Rockets grab a 119-109 victory over the defending champions, Toronto Raptors

The Houston Rockets grab a 119-109 victory over the defending champions, Toronto Raptors

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Toronto Raptors recently saw their seven-game win streak come to an end as they fell to the Miami Heat on Tuesday, 121-110, in overtime.  They will look to start up another streak as they host the Houston Rockets at the Scotiabank Arena tonight.  The Rockets, on the other hand, are coming fresh off a 135-133 loss they took in the hands of the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday in double overtime.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Raptors and the Rockets have met up a grand total of 47 times in the past as the Raptors won 20 games while the Rockets went on to win 27 of the matchups.

INACTIVES:

Houston Rockets:

-Eric Gordon (knee; 10.9 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 30.9 FG%, 28.4 3P%)
-Gerald Green (foot)
-NeNe (abductor)
-Tyson Chandler (coach’s decision; 1.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 76.5 FG%)
-Gary Clark (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.7 APG, 36.4 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
-Isaiah Hartenstein (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 73.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Michael Frazier (G-League)

Toronto Raptors:

-Stanley Johnson (groin; 1.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Patrick McCaw (knee; 4.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 60.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Matt Thomas (finger; 4.8 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 54.1 FG%, 53.8 3P%)
-Oshae Brissett (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Dewan Hernandez (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Malcolm Miller (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.5 APG, 54.5 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Shamorie Ponds (2.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Houston Rockets would have a slight advantage in the first half as they shot forty-six percent from the field, keeping the Toronto Raptors to forty-two percent.  Ben McLemore scored 14 points while knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  P.J. Tucker helped out with 11 points which included 3 three-pointers.  He also had seven rebounds and two assists.

Russell Westbrook had nine points on just thirty-three percent shooting.  He did, however, record four rebounds and six assists while James Harden was held to just six points.  Danuel House played the most minutes off the bench as he chalked up sixteen points.

On the other end of the court, Pascal Siakam, who is averaging 25 points per game this season, got hot for eighteen points.  He had two three-pointers in the first period while Fred VanVleet contributed with nine points.  VanVleet also had two three-pointers while recording three rebounds, five assists, one steal, and a block.

Kyle Lowry had eight points which also held two three-pointers.  OG Anunoby earned himself five points while Marc Gasol was kept scoreless.  Norman Powell played ten minutes off the bench as he had six points while the Rockets went into halftime with a 63-55 lead.

The defending champions attempted to make a comeback in the second half as they shot forty-three percent from the field, keeping the Texas ball club to thirty-four percent shooting.  Kyle Lowry had eleven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He was able to bury a trey in the third quarter while grabbing three rebounds and dishing off four assists.

VanVleet also had eleven points, knocking down a shot from beyond the arc, as well.  Siakam helped out with six points while Gasol scored five points.  Powell played the most minutes off the bench as he earned himself eight points.

As for the Rockets, Harden and Westbrook combined for 27 points while Harden had three-pointers.  He also recorded five rebounds, two steals, and a block while Westbrook had nine rebounds, five assists, and a steal.  McLemore chalked up 14 points, earning twelve of them from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.

Former Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Austin Rivers played 18 minutes off the bench but only had six points but the Rockets were still able to pull away with a 119 to 109 victory.  Ben McLemore finished the game with a season-high 28 points, along with 2 rebounds, a season-high-tying 3 assists, and a steal while Pascal Siakam had 24 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, a season-high-tying 2 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Houston Rockets will host Devin Booker (24.1 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 6.2 APG, 50.4 FG%, 40.7 3P%) and the Phoenix Suns (9-11) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.

The Toronto Raptors will head to Pennsylvania to take on Joel Embiid (22.4 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 2.9 APG, 45.4 FG%, 31.3 3P%) and the Philadephia 76ers (15-6) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that they battle each other this season.  November 25 was the last time they met up as the Raptors won that game, 101-96.  Pascal Siakam finished that game with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and two blocks while Josh Richardson had 25 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and a block.

The Clippers overcome a 13-point deficit to hand the Rockets their second straight loss

The Clippers overcome a 13-point deficit to hand the Rockets their second straight loss

Two days ago, the Houston Rockets’ fourteen-game winning streak came to an end in the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers.  They would look to get another winning streak started as they host the Los Angeles Clippers at the Toyota Center.  The Clippers, on the other hand, are seeking their second straight win but it will not be easy against the best team in the West.  This matchup will mark the first of four games that these two ball clubs will play against each other.  The Rockets and the Clippers have met up a total of 204 times with the Rockets winning 125 games while the Clippers won 79 games.

INACTIVES:

Houston Rockets:

Clint Capela (heel; 14.0 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 69.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder; 6.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 45.8 FG%, 37.3 3P%)
Chris Paul (hip; 17.1 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 9.0 APG, 47.7 FG%, 40.8 3P%)
Troy Williams (knee; 1.3 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Bobby Brown (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 31.5 FG%, 28.9 3P%)
Demetrius Jackson (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 28.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Zhou Qi (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 19.0 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (wrist)

Los Angeles Clippers:

Patrick Beverley (knee; 12.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.9 APG, 40.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Danilo Gallinari (buttocks; 13.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.6 APG, 34.5 FG%, 25.8 3P%)
Blake Griffin (knee; 23.6 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 5.1 APG, 42.5 FG%, 35.3 3P%)
Wesley Johnson (foot; 6.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.1 APG, 40.8 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Milos Teodosic (foot; 8.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 4.6 APG, 32.8 FG%, 30.8 3P%)
Brice Johnson (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 63.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Houston Rockets would have full control at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-six percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Clippers to forty percent.  James Harden got extremely hot for 30 points which included five three-pointers.  He also had four defensive rebounds, four assists, and two steals.  Eric Gordon would contribute as he scored 13 points with two three-pointers in the middle of the second quarter.  Ryan Anderson managed to get his hands on seven rebounds as he chalked up seven points.  Former Suns forward P.J. Tucker played 15 minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless as he grabbed six rebounds.

As for the California team, Lou Williams played the most minutes off of the bench as he chalked up 12 points on forty percent shooting.  DeAndre Jordon had nine points along with 13 rebounds and 2 blocks.  Austin Rivers contributed with six points with a three-pointer late in the second period but it was the home team that went into halftime with a huge 65-52 advantage.

The Clippers would respond in the second half as they went on a 76-53 run, shooting fifty-six percent from the field while holding the Texas team to forty-eight percent.  Austin Rivers would go off for 30 points as he shot fifty-six percent from the field.  He would earn 15 of those points from beyond the arc as he dished off four assists.  C.J. Williams helped out with seven points while Jordan collected seven rebounds.  Lou Williams played 19 minutes off of the bench as he posted up 20 points which held six three-pointers.

James Harden continued to impress as he had 24 additional points on fifty-four percent shooting from the field.  Tucker played the most minutes off of the bench but was held to just a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter as the Clippers overcome a 13-point deficit to beat the Rockets, 128-118.  Austin Rivers finished with a career-high 36 points, along with 2 rebounds, 7 assists, one steal, and one block.  James Harden had 51 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals.  This would be the second straight game where James Harden has scored 50 or more points, making him the first player in more than a decade to do such.

So…what’s next?

The Houston Rockets will visit Oklahoma to take on Russell Westbrook (23.3 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 9.7 APG, 40 FG%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (16-15) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.  The Thunder and the Rockets have battled each other a total of 255 with the Thunder pulling 132 wins while the Rockets ended up winning 123 games.

The Los Angeles Clippers will visit Tennessee to battle Marc Gasol (18.9 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 4.1 APG, 42 FG%) and the Memphis Grizzlies (9-23) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second of four meetings between the Grizzlies and the Clippers this season.  They have met up a total of 97 times as the Grizzlies won 48 games while the Clippers pulled 49 wins.  The last time they played each other was on November 4 when the Grizzlies handed the Clippers a 113-104 loss.  In that game, Mike Conley scored 22 points, pulled down one rebound, dished off 3 assists, and committed one steal.  Blake Griffin finished with 30 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and one block.