Drake Plays Sideline Defense To Help Toronto Raptors Snap Rockets' Winning Streak

Around the NBA: West's top 4 still streaking; Raptors first to clinch playoffs

Around the NBA: West's top 4 still streaking; Raptors first to clinch playoffs

During a stoppage of play in the first quarter with the Raps holding a double-digit lead, Drake took the mic to address the crowd as he does during every Drake Night and, as he always does, talked some quality junk before returning to his cozy court side dwelling.

After the break, though, Harden erupted, scoring 26 of his 40 points in the second half and attempting to carry the Rockets back into the mix.

The Rockets trailed by as many as 19 points.

Houston tied it at 102 on Harden's 3 with 2:10 remaining, but DeRozan restored Toronto's lead with a jump shot with 1:49 left. Gordon added six points off the bench as Houston shot 61 per cent from the field in the quarter. Houston fouled Valanciunas, who made a pair to put Toronto up by 3 with 5.4 seconds to go.

In the opinion of Raptors All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, there should be no debate about this season's MVP race.

The Raptors held the Rockets to a season-worst 11 per cent from three-point range in the first half.

Clint Capela had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Rockets.

Gordon answered with a 3, making it a one-point game.

DeRozan said Harden "should have been MVP past year", when Harden was second in the voting behind Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, the second runner-up finish of the Rockets star's career.

Anunoby, has missed the team's last four contests after spraining his ankle in a game against the Orlando Magic on February 28. Harden scored 14 in the third, overcoming nine points from Lowry, as Houston cut the deficit to 83-75 after three. Wright sprained his big toe in the Raptors' last outing on Wednesday versus the Detroit Pistons. "Just to hear it from him, especially with the level he's playing at now, means a lot to me". He did just that at halftime on Drake Night on Friday while the Raptors had a 58-43 lead on the Rockets.

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