Rockets Win Streak Ends At 17 As Comeback Bid Falls Short

WATCH Chris Paul Eric Gordon score 50 points combined against Mavs

Harden scored 40 points but the Rockets lost for the first time since January 27 at New Orleans.

Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 28 points and Portland won their ninth straight to consolidate their third place in the West ahead of New Orleans - who were beaten 116-97 by the Washington Wizards. The Raptors shot 48.2 percent overall and held Houston to just 9-of-27 from three-point range.

The Warriors had won seven in a row but didn't have Stephen Curry, Jordan Bell and Andre Iguodala, who were all out with injuries.

The Rockets passed the Boston Celtics for the longest winning streak in the National Basketball Association this season.

While it looked as though the dunk would be the game-winner, Griffin once again matched for the Pistons on the other end to force overtime, but the Raptors would prevail in the extra period, winning by a final score of 121-119.

James Harden was able to get off a shot at the buzzer, but it didn't come close to hitting the basket. Houston, by far the NBA's best first-quarter team with an average margin of plus-4.8 points, was doubled up in the first dozen minutes in large part due to a terrific defensive performance by the Raptors.

Montrezl Harrell also had 20 points for the Clippers, who controlled the boards 52-40. The Rockets had 62 points in the paint.

This is nothing new to the Toronto Raptors: they've been faced with these types of excuses all season.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have stopped the Toronto Raptors in their playoff tracks the past two years, winning eight of the 10 games while hardly breaking a sweat. "Just got to make that 3". Houston hasn't lost since January 26 at New Orleans.

Toronto made a point to take away Houston's three-pointer, and it worked.

Brook Lopez led Los Angeles with 29 points.

Paul had 16 points and 11 assists for Houston. Detroit has lost four in a row and 10 of 12. Reggie Bullock added 21 points while Andre Drummond had 17 rebounds. He had five rebounds and two steals. He tried his best to keep his team's streak alive but there's only so much he could do. Victor Oladipo and Myles turner also scored 17 apiece for IN, which has won 12 of 15 home games since the start of the new year.

Toronto's Serge Ibaka was ejected in the second quarter. They finished 14 of 27 from 3-point range.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points.

Dillon Brooks led Memphis with 18 points, and Ben McLemore finished with 14. It was a missed opportunity for the Rockets and the nine-time All-Star lamented the play after the game.

Related news: