Gary Trent Jr. appears in the clutch as the Raptors earn a thrilling comeback win over the Rockets


The Raptors moved to 48-33 on the season with a thrilling 117-115 comeback victory over the Rockets, who led by as many as 24 points on the night.

Pascal Siakam led the way for the Raptors with another masterful performance, finishing with 29 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in the game.

Gary Trent Jr., who finished with 26 points in the game, made the biggest basket of the night, putting Toronto ahead for good with 4.8 seconds remaining.

Here are some takeaways from the buzzer.

The injury report

The Raptors were again without starters OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet.

Anunoby remains out with a right quadriceps contusion, while VanVleet sat out due to nagging right knee pain. Anunoby is expected to return in the regular-season finale, but VanVleet’s status for Game 82 is uncertain.

a slow start

It was a first quarter to forget for the Raptors, who trailed by as much as 19 points in the opening frame.

Toronto shot just 6-for-27 (22.2 percent) from the field and allowed Houston to shoot 15-for-23 (65.2 percent). As a result, the Rockets took a 36-20 lead in the second quarter.

The return

After dropping as many as 24 points, the Raptors staged multiple runs to earn the win.

Toronto outscored Houston 32-20 in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback, which is officially the third-biggest comeback in Raptors franchise history.

Home Sweet Home

After starting the season 2-8 at home, the Raptors close the season 24-17 at Scotiabank Arena.

To break it down further, the team bounced back from an unusual start to win 22 of its last 31 games in Toronto.

With the fans back in full force, the Raptors’ home court advantage will come in handy during the playoffs.

In your head!

There were a series of powerful finishes in the fourth quarter.

There was Barnes:

and Trent:

Green, unafraid of getting drenched, showed his athleticism on the defensive end, setting up this Martin rim rocker:

Basically, there was a highlight game in the fourth quarter alone.

Young Rockets take flight

Entering, it was Rockets rookie Jalen Green who grabbed headlines with his streak of five straight 30-point games. While Green’s streak came to an end on Friday, Kevin Porter Jr. reached the 30-point mark early in the fourth quarter.

Porter finished with 35 points, while rookie Josh Christopher scored 20 points off the bench and rookie Alperen Sengun had 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting.

Houston has pieces set up to be successful for years to come.

Whats Next?

The Raptors head to the Big Apple to close out the regular season against the Knicks on Sunday, April 10 at 7 p.m. ET on SN One.

Catch you then.




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