DeRozan scores 42, Raptors clinch playoff spot with OT win

DeMar DeRozan

Does this make them the no doubt best team in the Eastern Conference and a team that could win a championship?

The Clippers led most of the game, coming out energized at the start and shooting 50 percent in the first quarter while taking an 18-point lead. Led by Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, the Raptors ended up victorious over the Rockets in a close battle that ended 108-105.

The Rockets shot 9 for 27 from 3-point range, matching their fewest made 3-pointers of the season.

The Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets will probably not play again until next season - a Finals series isn't out of the question, but we're getting ahead of ourselves predicting anything like that.

But Houston was not going to go down easy. Their bench is eating other teams' second units for breakfast, they have made the Air Canada Centre a nightmare destination for opponents and Casey is emerging as a leading candidate for coach of the year.

With the way Houston was playing, it certainly didn't look good.

Give the Toronto Raptors' terrific perimeter defense credit for making his prediction come true. No other Rocket had more than 14.

In their previous meeting of the season, the Raptors defeated the Rockets 129-113.

In addition, Drake also sat down with the announcers during the game and talked about his Vitamin C-diet that he was on tonight and that he saw James Harden out the night before drinking Mai Tai's. We needed our three-point shooting to pick up.

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Utah outscored IN 28-12 over the final eight minutes of the first quarter and led 54-44 at halftime. That ensured that Toronto had an early 32-16 lead behind Lowry.

Despite their struggles from 3-point range, Houston chipped away and knotted the score at 102-102 on a 3-pointer by Harden with 2:10 left.

Lowry finished with a team-high 30 points going 10-for-14 from the field and 7 for 9 from beyond the arc.

Harden led Houston with 40 points. Capela got the rebound, but Paul missed a three of his own, but the Rockets couldn't corral the rebound.

In Milwaukee, Khris Middleton led all scorers with 30 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo chipped in 28 points, 10 rebounds and a superb block of Emmanuel Mudiay's layup in the third quarter as the Bucks beat the New York Knicks 120-112.

"I'm happy to be home", he said.

Toronto improved to 28-5 at home, the best record in the National Basketball Association.

The Jazz improved to 15-2 over their last 17 games.

"We didn't match their intensity until late", Paul said after the game (ESPN).

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