Raptors take control early and hold off Rockets to arrest two-game slide
DeMarre Carroll and five other Raptors score in double figures. AP

THE Toronto Raptors wasted an early double-digit lead but recovered to halt a two-game slide and put an end to the Rockets’ win streak at three, 115-120, on Wednesday in Houston (Thursday, Manila time).

DeMar DeRozan had 24 points and DeMarre Carroll scored 20 as the Raptors stopped the bleeding after losses to the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers.

Kyle Lowry added 17 points for Toronto, which notched its ninth win in 15 games and next plays in Milwaukee.

James Harden scored 29 points and made 15 assists for the Rockets, who absorbed their sixth loss in 15 outings.

A 30-point second quarter pushed the Raptors ahead by 15 but the Rockets got to within eight early in the third quarter.

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