Lowry scores 30, Raptors end Rockets' win streak at 17 games

Lowry scores 30, Raptors end Rockets' win streak at 17 games

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.

If not for DeRozan and the Raptors, Harden and the Rockets would be on an 18-game winning streak. If not for a three-point overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on February 22 at home, the Raptors would be on a 16-game winning streak.

The game was pretty close in the first half but there was just no keeping up with the Raptors' second unit who combined for 69 points.

While the win over Houston was huge, the Raps were the first team to clinch a playoff spot because they lead the league in TCB (takin' care of business), with a 29-2 record against the 12 teams now under.500 after beating the Hawks, Pistons and Knicks last week. We needed our three-point shooting to pick up. Warney has averaged 20 points in 40 games for the Mavericks' G-League affiliate, the Texas Legends.

Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games, 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games overall. 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.

Brooklyn is 3-17 in its last 20 games since Spencer Dinwiddie's winning shot beat Detroit on January 21.

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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 lay-up in the third quarter as the Bucks beat the New York Knicks 120-112. The Nets are 1-14 in those games and Sunday was their fifth loss by at least 20 points. "It's a situation I can't really think about because it didn't happen".

DeMar DeRozan and Damian Lillard have been named the NBA Players of the Week.

The Raptors have won the last 10 meetings, though they nearly saw the streak end January 8.

After Jonas Valanciunas made two free throws to stretch Toronto's lead to three points with 5.4 seconds left, Harden missed a last-gasp three-point attempt and the Raptors' seventh-straight win was in the books.

Brooklyn's last win in the series occurred April 3, 2015.

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