DeRozan bests Harden in battle of MVP candidates

9:32 a.m. EST November 24, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 21 of his 24 points in the third quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night 115-102 on Wednesday night to snap a two-game skid.

Raptors avoided losing three in a row for the first time since last November, and ended a nine-game losing streak in Houston.

James Harden had 29 points and 15 assists for Houston, but also had 12 turnovers. The Rockets lost for the first time in four games.

The Rockets trailed by 15 entering the third quarter before using a 9-2 run to open the second half and get to 56-48. That run was powered by a pair of 3-pointers by Trevor Ariza and a third by Patrick Beverley.

DeRozan got hot soon after that, scoring all of Toronto’s points in an 11-7 run that extended the Raptors’ lead to 72-57 midway through the third quarter. DeRozan had a two-handed dunk during that stretch and capped it with a 3-pointer. He made 8 of 12 shots in that period, including both of his 3-point attempts and…

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