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.
-Eric Gordon (knee; 10.9 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 30.9 FG%, 28.4 3P%)
-Gerald Green (foot)
-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)
-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%)
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.
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.