Houston Rockets

Newcomer Kenneth Faried sparks Rockets past Raptors


Faried was everywhere, finishing breaks, catching lobs, grabbing boards, blocking shots and drawing charges, until the Rockets knocked off the Toronto Raptors, 121-119, Friday at Toyota Center.


But Faried was the difference, scoring 21 points with 14 rebounds and providing energy plays that allowed the Rockets to build a lead just large enough to hold on.


The Rockets led by 14 with less than three minutes remaining, before they proceeded to collapse through a meltdown as spectacular as against the Nets or Knicks.


Harden turned the ball over and Gordon missed a 3 he forced up when he thought he was fouled, leaving the Raptors within two with time to shoot for the win.


They got the looks they wanted, especially after a pair of Harden drives and a slick bounce pass to Faried on the break put the Rockets up 18.


The Rockets had rolled through one of their best first-half stretches of the season, not only building a lead that reached 22 points, but doing it with contributions from nearly everyone that took the floor.






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