A complete collapse in almost every defensive facet of the game — bad in the halfcourt, worse in transition and mistakes fuelled by a spate of silly turnovers — the Raptors were routed 117-101 by the Houston Rockets and suffered their fifth loss in a row.
Andrea Bargnani scored 21 points and Terrence Ross added a career-high 19 for the Raptors, who have lost five straight.
The Raptors delivered one of their worst performances of the year. After a string of unbearably close losses, the Raptors were run off the floor in Houston, losing 117-101, their fifth-consecutive defeat.
In one of their worst defensive outings of the season, the Raptors allowed Houston to shoot 53% from the field and 50% from three-point land. Toronto failed to build off of a competitive game against the Spurs, as James Harden and Jeremy Lin carved up their defence, both finishing with double-digit assist totals. Terrence Ross provided the lone bright spot for the Raptors, as he registered career-highs of 19 points and 5 rebounds.
Outworked, outplayed, outsmarted, the Raptors took one on the chin from the Rockets on Tuesday night, dropping to 3-12 in what has been a dismal start to the season following a 117-101 loss.
The Rockets completely outhustled and outworked the Raptors up to a 96-69 lead with exactly 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. At that point, Houston decided to take the night off and shoot jumpers.
Another day, another loss for a struggling Toronto Raptors squad that simply cannot stop the bleeding. Coming into the season, the Raps had sky high expectations, and have not only failed to live up to them, but have pulled together one of the worst starts in Raptors franchise history. After getting blown out 117-101 to the Houston Rockets, the Raps sit at 3-12.
In Houston’s 117-101 win, the Rockets were essentially allowed to execute in all facets of their game. They shot well (53%), found plenty of open looks on the perimeter (13-26 from three-point range), got to the basket (46 points in the paint), pressured the ball (16 Raptor turnovers) and attacked the glass (12 offensive rebounds, including nine in the first half). In short, they pretty much did what they wanted.
Three of the five Rockets starters earned a double double in the box score and all five Rockets starters had ten or more points in tonight’s 16 point win at the Toyota Center. In summation, the Rockets starting unit looked like a quality ensemble.