They withstood a late surge from Houston (51-14) to halt the Rockets' streak with a 108-105 victory on Friday.
"We shouldn't have even given him the opportunity to get the shot off, but it worked out", said Lowry, who said the Raptors must find a way to maintain the level they showed in the first quarter throughout the game. They will also be missing Delon Wright. We've grown. We talk about it a lot, to where we never thought we'd be in a position that we are today. You're not alone, everyone struggles with something.
DeMar DeRozan is a star. The Blazers' streak started when they beat Golden State 123-117 at the Moda Center on February 14, the last game before the All-Star break. However, sticking with the same personnel that put together back-to-back 50-plus win seasons but couldn't get it done against the NBA's elite in the playoffs caused skeptics to predict a similar fate for the Raptors heading into this season.
Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors won their seventh straight in a matchup between the respective conference leaders.
However, this season just feels different with both of these teams.
As Sportsnet's Michael Grange wrote in his postgame column, the Rockets earned an appreciation for the way Toronto played.
Raptors: G Deion Wright left the game with a sprained big toe on his right foot, and F OG Anunoby was out with a sprained right ankle. Khris Middleton had a game-high 30 points to help Milwaukee win for just the second time in eight games. February 28th the Raptors continued to roll offensively as the bull-dozed past the Orlando Magic.
Lowry finished with a team-high 30 points going 10-for-14 from the field and 7 for 9 from beyond the arc.
The best team in the East meets the best team in the Western Conference on Friday night in what could potentially be an NBA Finals preview.
Paul had 16 points and 11 assists for Houston.
In their previous meeting of the season, the Raptors defeated the Rockets 129-113.
But Toronto's shooting quietly slipped to 45 per cent in the second quarter, while Houston improved to 55 per cent behind a nine-point quarter from Harden. Rookie swingman OG Anunoby is the only starter who was not with the team a year ago. For the sake of comparison, Houston's Chris Paul was 20-of-44 * a href="https://stats.nba.com/players/shots-general/?Season=2017-18&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&GeneralRange=Catch%20and%20Shoot&PerMode=Totals&sort=FG3_PCT&dir=1&CF=FG3A*GE*40" target="_blank" rel="noopener" *(45.5 percent) on this play type.