NBA Game Summary - Houston at Toronto
(Friday, January 2nd)
Final Score: Toronto 94, Houston 73
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Andrea Bargnani finished with 19 points and six rebounds, as the Toronto Raptors blew past the Houston Rockets, 94-73, at Air Canada Centre.
Chris Bosh also added 19 points for the Raptors, who lost guard Jose Calderon to a right hamstring strain in the second quarter. Joey Graham contributed 10 points off the bench for Toronto, which snapped a three-game slide.
Von Wafer tied a career high with 18 points to pace the Rockets, who shot just 34.1 percent from the floor and had their lowest point total this season. Yao Ming poured in 14 points, and Ron Artest added 12 points in the loss -- Houston's fourth in six games.
Down by one, the Raptors ended the first quarter on a 14-2 run to take control. Bosh had the first two buckets of the surge, and ended it with a free throw in the final seconds to give Toronto a 25-14 advantage.
The Rockets closed to within one early in the second, on an Artest jumper that made it a 31-30 game, but Toronto responded with six consecutive points. The Raptors continued to stretch their lead, and a Bargnani three -- the last of eight straight Toronto points by him -- gave them a 44-34 advantage.
Toronto held a double-digit margin at halftime, 48-38, and a Bosh layup and Bargnani triple back-to-back early in the third quarter upped the home squad's lead to 57-40.
Bosh's dunk in the waning seconds of the third frame gave Toronto a 68-49 lead going into the fourth, and the Raptors cruised the rest of the way.
Toronto center Jermaine O'Neal missed his second consecutive game with an ailing knee. Guard Jason Kapono (leg) played and scored five points...It was the Raptors' largest margin of victory ever vs. Houston...Toronto shot 48.2 percent from the floor...Houston had 22 turnovers, compared to 14 for Toronto.
01/02 21:35:16 ET