By: Josh Weinstein
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What a game it was for the Toronto Raptors.
A team-record 45 points in the second quarter. An astounding 76 points by halftime, the most recorded in one half by any team this season (and three off the re. A season-high 129 points.
It seemed on Tuesday night, the Raptors could do no wrong on the offensive end in their 129-113 win over the Houston Rockets. With the win, Toronto snapped Houston’s winning streak at six games.
The usual contributors had impressive performances, with Kyle Lowry recording a 19 point, 10 assist double-double, and DeMar DeRozan dropping in a team-high 27 points. But it was the team’s unsung heroes stepping up who really made a difference by night’s end.
C.J. Miles had a great shooting night – which was long overdue – finishing with 19 points on 6/9 three-pointers. Miles wasn’t the only Rap to get it going, though.
OG Anunoby scored 16 points and played stellar defence once again. After some hesitation, I’m ready to say this: OG Anunoby is my new favourite Toronto Raptor. How can't you love the guy's game? He brings it every night, and in doing so, shows off flashes of his immense potential every time he steps out on the floor. In just 13 games, the rookie has become a fan favourite. Man, does he have a bright future ahead. What other rookies could you task with guarding James Harden? The answer is none of them.
Delon Wright scored 14 points on a perfect 5/5 shooting night to round out the Raptors who had standout games.
Despite shooting just 8 for 25, James Harden still finished with 38 points, 11 assists, and 6 rebounds. Harden’s scoring night was in large part due to his relentless attacking of the rim that led to 19 free throws. If you know Harden, you won’t be surprised that the All-NBA talent sunk all 19 shots from the charity stripe.
Clint Capela finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds in the loss for Houston.
Toronto next plays in New Orleans on Wednesday. It’s the second night of a back-to-back for the Raps.