James Harden’s latest triple-double helped the Houston Rockets get a big road win against the Toronto Raptors. The Rockets were down big in the third quarter but Harden’s all-around effort led Houston to the comeback win in Canada.
Harden finished with 40 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Although he had 11 turnovers for the game, the Rockets dominated the final quarter to push their winning streak to eight games. This was Harden’s 10th triple-double of the season.
Harden’s triple-double, bench help Rockets
Harden had lots of help off the bench in this one. Montrezl Harell had another great outing with 28 points and 5 rebounds while Eric Gordon had 19 points. Trevor Ariza had 17 points with five three-pointers to help the Rockets improve to 15-6 on the road this season.
The Raptors appeared to be in control late in the third quarter. Toronto had an 88-79 lead with 4:37 to go in the third but the Rockets rallied before the start of the final quarter. The lead was down to 99-95 for Toronto at the end of the third.
The Rockets continued to ride on the momentum of their third quarter run and had a 15-0 blast to start the fourth. More impressive was that the Rockets made the run with Harden on the bench. Harden returned midway through the fourth and helped Houston hold off rallies from the home team.
DeMar DeRozan’s 36 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and DeMarre Caroll’s 26 points and 8 rebounds led the Raptors. Toronto has lost back-to-back games and is just 2-5 in their last seven games.
The Raptors will try to bounce back in their next game when they face the Boston Celtics, one of the better teams in the East. Meanwhile, the Rockets will host the Charlotte Hornets next.
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