NBA Game Summary - Houston at Toronto
(Wednesday, November 3rd)
Final Score: Toronto 95, Houston 88
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Chris Bosh scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Toronto to a 95-88 win over Houston at the Air Canada Centre.
Jalen Rose added 17 points and Vince Carter had 16 for the Raptors, who won their season-opener for the third straight year.
"It was just a relief to get out there and play the first game of the year," said Bosh. "After a long summer, we just got to keep it up."
Rafer Alston, who was signed as a free agent in the offseason, added 15 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the win.
Sam Mitchell made his head coaching debut with Toronto after the team dismissed Kevin O'Neill at the end of last season. Mitchell, a former NBA player, spent the last two years as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks. He also briefly served as the top assistant under Bernie Bickerstaff with the expansion Charlotte Bobcats.
"All I wanted to do was just come out and fight and if we do that and play together, we'll win our share," said Mitchell.
Tracy McGrady netted a game-high 21 points for the Rockets, who have dropped their first two contests of the campaign. Yao Ming contributed 17 points and nine boards in the loss.
The Raptors led 71-68 after three quarters, but scored the first five points of the fourth, capped by Donyell Marshall's three-pointer, to make it an eight-point contest. Houston tried to stay close and it climbed within 78-74 on Yao's layup midway through the period.
Toronto then scored six of the next eight points, culminated by Bosh's jumper, to claim an 84-76 advantage in the final minutes. The Rockets never got closer than five points again.
The Raptors started out hot and jumped out to a 17-4 lead courtesy of Carter's floater with 5:54 left in the period. The Rockets, though, got right back into the contest, using a 14-2 surge to end the frame and trail 19-18 after one quarter.
Houston claimed a 30-27 lead early in the second quarter, but the Raptors then reeled off 23 of the next 29 points, keyed by five points from Bosh, to seize a 14-point edge. Toronto eventually went into the locker room with a 52-39 cushion.
Rose scored 11 points in the first half, while McGrady led all scorers with 14 in the opening 24 minutes.
The Rockets fought back in the third quarter and trimmed their deficit to 65-62 on Yao's layup with around two minutes remaining. The teams played even the rest of the period and Toronto held a 71-68 advantage after three.
McGrady is only 12-of-32 from the field in his first two games...Toronto has won its last four home openers...The home team has won seven of the last eight contests in the series...The Rockets have dropped three of their last four games at the Air Canada Centre...Toronto is 5-5 all-time on opening night.
11/03 23:26:46 ET