Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was in for a rough night's sleep knowing his star point guard Kyle Lowry was soon to be shipped to the New York Knicks for Iman Shumpert, Metta World Peace and a future first-rounder back in 2013.
Houston, which had its 17-game win streak snapped Friday in Toronto, broke the game open in the third quarter by hitting their first six 3s of the period amid a 22-10 run. Kyle Lowry shot just four of 16 for his nine points but they didn't needed much from him as the Raptors shot 50 percent from the field and 16 of 35 from the three-point line.
The guard had 13 first-quarter points while going three for three from beyond the arc. During this winning streak, those numbers are 114 points per game and 47 percent shooting with an offensive rating of 114.5. Warney has averaged 20 points in 40 games for the Mavericks' G-League affiliate, the Texas Legends.
The highly-regarded Rockets are one of the heavy favorites to capture this season's National Basketball Association championship, and were the first team to win 50 games this season. After shooting 50.5 percent and hitting 16 of 35 3-pointers versus the Knicks, the Raptors have won 16 straight against losing teams since a five-point loss at Dallas on December 26.
DeRozan played 28:20 and Lowry played 27:59. Lowry (16 points) was among seven in double figures, including Jonas Valanciunas, whose 17 points marked his seventh straight game in double figures.
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.
The Nets are coming off one of their worst showings of the season in a 120-97 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.
Houston trailed by 15 at half-time and were down by 17 with less than five minutes to play in the third quarter. "I didn't really get a whole lot of time to get to know people". I just don't see this one being close as the Raptors are just rolling at the moment and they should be able to make it nine straight with an easy double-digit win here.
From 3-point range, the Mavericks made a season-low five shots on 31 attempts, and even Dallas' normally reliable free-throw shooting was off.
The Raptors have won the last 10 meetings, though they nearly saw the streak end January 8.
Brooklyn's last win in the series occurred April 3, 2015.