NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Houston 31 28 21 31 111
Toronto 30 37 28 27 122
4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT23:30 , February 26, 2021
Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

Reeling Rockets take on Raptors in Tampa

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Houston Rockets at Toronto Raptors

  1. The Rockets have won three straight against Toronto, including the lone meeting last season. Houston's three-game winning streak over the Raptors is its longest since March 2002 to March 2003 as they've only won four in a row over Toronto once, from February 1997 to March 1999.
  2. The Rockets nine-game losing streak is the longest active losing run in the NBA and the longest for Houston since going 15 straight without a win from November 23 to December 20, 2001. The Rockets have been outscored by 15.7 points per game in this run, their worst since being outscored by 16.0 ppg in a nine-game span in March-April 1983.
  3. P.J. Tucker has gone scoreless in three straight starts, shooting 0-for-9 in that time. He's the first player to fail to score in three straight starts since Terrance Ferguson for the Thunder in December 2019 and no player has gone four straight starts without a point since Omer Asik for New Orleans in March 2016.
  4. Toronto has lost two straight games, losing by seven to Philadelphia followed by an eight-point loss to Miami. The Raptors have lost 12 times by fewer than 10 points this season, only Minnesota (14) has done so more often.
  5. Pascal Siakam scored five points on 1-for-6 shooting in 24 minutes against Miami on Wednesday. It's the fewest he's scored in a start in which he played at least 24 minutes since December 28, 2018, at Orlando (4 points).
  6. The Rockets rely on three-pointers for 37.8 percent of their points, fourth-most in the NBA (Raptors 3rd -- 41.0 percent of their points). Houston, however, is the worst three-point shooting team in the NBA, making a league-low 33.9 percent of their attempts from behind the arc.

The Toronto Raptors, who have lost two in a row, will be out to regain their winning ways Friday night at Tampa when they play the visiting Houston Rockets, who have lost nine straight.

The Raptors had been on a four-game winning streak until losses to the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively dropped them one game below the .500 mark.

The Rockets lost 112-96 Wednesday against the host Cleveland Cavaliers.

"Our defense wasn't good, and our offense was disjointed," Houston coach Stephen Silas said. "It wasn't very good all around."

The Rockets are one loss away from matching the longest losing streak of the season in the NBA. The Cavaliers ended a 10-game losing streak on Tuesday.

The Rockets have not lost 10 in a row since a 15-game losing streak Nov. 23 to Dec. 20, 2001.

In losing 116-108 at Miami on Wednesday, Raptors coach Nick Nurse felt that his team played well but "the ball bounced their way a lot."

"I don't think there (were) any moments where we were not good (Wednesday)," Nurse said. "I thought we were playing really hard. I thought we were searching. Yeah, we had a couple (bad) possessions here and there, but so did they. The offense gets bogged down, and there's a late shot clock or whatever -- but, no, I thought we outplayed them in almost all facets."

"We had some key turnovers, which didn't help," said Raptors center Chris Boucher, who had 11 points off the bench. "When we were making a run, they'd capitalize on our mistakes. I felt like we played an extremely good game. We were almost there, just a couple mistakes away from that win. They capitalized."

The Raptors had Kyle Lowry back in the lineup Wednesday after he had missed four games with a sprained thumb. He scored 24 points against the Heat, tying Fred VanVleet for the team lead. Pascal Siakam, however, was held to five points in 24 minutes. He was subbed out with 3:17 to play in the third quarter and did not return.

"I think we had a group that was hanging in good, making some runs," Nurse said.

It was the fifth game in seven days for the Raptors and their 12th in 20 days.

"It feels like every day you get out of bed, there's a game," Nurse said before the game. "I know that's not true, but it's kind of what it feels like when you throw in the travel, late nights, getting in at 3:30 or getting home at 5 a.m. or whatever. It's seemed very busy and heavy, as the schedule goes."

With DeMarcus Cousins being waived this week, P.J. Tucker started at center for the Rockets on Wednesday and had no points and seven rebounds in 31 minutes. Tucker played 24 games for Toronto in the 2016-17 season.

"It's definitely good for it to not be in limbo anymore," Silas said about Cousins' situation. "I don't know if it was a distraction or not. I don't really think so when it comes down to when the ball goes up and you start playing."

Victor Oladipo returned after missing four games with a strained foot to score 17 points for Houston on Wednesday. John Wall had 20 points.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 25, 2021

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