Clutch plays down the stretch push the Toronto Raptors to a 116-109 victory over the Houston Rockets

Nickeem Khan
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Thursday, November 10, 2022

Coming off a disappointing outing against the Chicago Bulls, the Toronto Raptors responded with a hard-nosed 116-109 victory against the youthful Houston Rockets. By no means was this a perfect game for Toronto, as they let this team linger around longer than needed, however, the execution down the stretch showed the mental fortitude that this team possesses. 

Houston got off to an amazing start early. Within the first quarter, the offence for the Rockets was clicking on all cylinders and pushing themselves to a quick 11-point lead. OG Anunoby was the only source of scoring converting on his first four shots, meanwhile, Kenyon Martin Jr. gave great minutes off the bench for Houston finishing with 13 points.

The Rockets had a total of seven players finish in double-figure points. Led by Jalen Green who was the only member of their team to crack the 20-point threshold with 21 points. This team displayed their potential for years to come. Alperen Sengun was a load to handle for the Raptors' big men due to his agile footwork and craftiness around the rim, tallying 17 points and eight rebounds.

However, despite all the good from the Rockets, Toronto was just the better team. Fred VanVleet and OG Anunboy carried this team to this victory. Rockford's finest finished with yet another 30-point game with 32 points, four assists, and four steals. Meanwhile, OG finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals, marking the ninth straight game with multiple steals.

Otto Porter Jr. had his best game as a member of the Raptors with 14 points off the bench. Knocking down an array of big shots including a huge three late to give the Raptors a comfortable cushion during the Rockets' comeback attempt.

Unfortunately, Precious Achiwua suffered an ankle injury but there have been no updates on the severity regarding it. The last thing Toronto needs is another player to miss time with an injury, as Pascal Siakam continues to sit with a groin injury he suffered against the Dallas Mavericks.

Toronto improves to 7-5 on the season and will now embark on a three-game road trip with their first against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the scorching hot Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on Friday at 8 PM ET.