Raptors beat Rockets 103-96, win two straight for first time in eight months
Toronto Raptors Jose Calderon reacts after missing a free throw in the last second of the game against the Houston Rockets during NBA action in Toronto on Sunday, Dec.16, 2012. The Raptors won103-96. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Aaron Vincent Elkaim)
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, December 16, 2012 6:37PM EST
TORONTO - The winning continues for the Toronto Raptors -- for one game at least.
Jose Calderon had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists to lead the short-handed Raptors to a 103-96 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday, marking the first time Toronto has won consecutive games in eight long months.
Alan Anderson had 24 points, while DeMar DeRozan added 19 points for the Raptors (6-19), who hadn't won consecutive games since April 13 (Boston) and 15 (Atlanta) of last season.
Ed Davis added 13 points for the home team.
James Harden scored a game-high 28 points for the Rockets (11-12), while Marcus Morris added 19.
The Raptors led by as much as 12 points early on Sunday, but could have coughed up the game at several different points, letting the Rockets take the lead several times.