Toronto Raptor’s Pass Their Biggest Test of their Season

The Raptor’s took on the test of beating NBA’s best and passed with flying colors with a 108-105 win over the Houston Rockets

By: Sijia Liu

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Toronto Raptor’s Pass Their Biggest Test of their Season

 

The Raptor’s took on the test of beating NBA’s best and passed with flying colors with a 108-105 win over the Houston Rockets  

 

 

 

 

 

It was a full house tonight at the Air Canada Center.  This marquee matchup was the most anticipated game of the Raptor’s schedule this season. The Raptor’s went into the game with a lot to prove and as the underdogs left with the challenge to end Houston’s league high 17 game winning streak. Many called this game a possible preview of the NBA finals as both teams are top in their respective conference.

 

 

 

“Our big thing tonight was mental toughness,” said Raptor’s head coach Dwane Casey, “This team is going to score. They are a great scoring team and are one of the best I have seen in my many years in the NBA.” 

 

 

 

Scoring is what the Houston Rockets love to do best but they had no answer for the Raptor’s in the first half. The Raptor’s came out red hot from the second the clock started rolling with Kyle Lowry putting up 11 points in the first few minutes of the game to give Toronto the quick lead. Lowry had one of his best nights shooting of the season, hitting seven out of nine beyond the arc and 71% of field goals to finish off with a team high of 30 points. 

 

 

 

It was Drake night at the Air Canada Centre and Drake came out in the first quarter with a bold statement to the fans. “Tonight the win streak is going to be over.” Fans went crazy and so did the Raptors. It must have been the energy in the building as the fans in Toronto played the role of a 6th man on the team. The loud chants throughout had the building shook and the Rockets shook as well. For a team that loves to shoot the ball, they were putting up brick after brick, shooting a mere 11% by the half. The Raptors finished off the first half leading 58-43. 

 

 

 

“Just trying to wear him down with a player like that. So explosive offensively, you’re not going to stop him,” said Raptor’s forward Norman Powell who had the crucial role of guarding James Harden tonight. “Making him work for his shots and his baskets. It’s inevitable he’s been doing it all season.” James Harden, the league’s front-runner in the MVP race had a presence that was definitely felt tonight. He has a special factor to his offence where he just makes it look so easy. He split defenders, had them in their toes as he finished off the game with 40 points.

 

 

 

The second half was tight, both teams went neck to neck but it was Toronto that was able to make the last push. There was a great display of defense for the Raptor’s as well. Fred Vanvleet had great ball pressure on Chris Paul causing him to get frustrated and have a team high of four fouls. The game finished off with Demar Derozan hitting a stellar shot followed byJonas Valanciunas making two clutch free throws to give Toronto the win 108-105. 

 

 

The Raptor’s are ecstatic that they won but it doesn’t stop here. “It’s a marathon. It’s one game in the regular season….. If we win it, we’ve got to get ready for New York. Feel good, I told the guys. Until midnight, then get ready for New York,” stated Dwane Casey after the game. The Raptor’s will take on the New York