Raptors edge Rockets for first win streak since April

Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:56pm EST
 

By Frank Pingue

TORONTO (Reuters) - The injury-depleted Toronto Raptors won consecutive games for the first time in eight months with a 103-96 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday.

Alan Anderson scored 24 points, DeMar DeRozan added 19 and Jose Calderon had 18 to lead a spirited Toronto effort that handed the Rockets a seventh straight road loss.

Playing without injured Andrea Bargnani and Kyle Lowry, two of the Raptors' top three scorers, Toronto built an early 12-point lead and held off a late Houston charge for its first win streak since April of the 2011-12 season.

James Harden had a game-high 28 points for the Rockets, who were unable to bust out of their longest road-losing streak since dropping eight in a row in 2001.

For Toronto (6-19), the win avenged last month's 117-101 road loss at Houston (11-12), which came during a dismal run that saw the Raptors loss 12 of 13 games.

(Editing by Gene Cherry)

 
Toronto Raptors guard Jose Calderon (C) reacts in front of teammates Amir Johnson (L) and John Lucas III after drawing a penalty to the Houston Rockets during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Cassese