The Houston Rockets have been misfiring tremendously away from home this season. With just two victories in eight road contests, the Rockets will look to get back on course when they cross the border to face the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Houston salvaged a split of its four-game homestand by winning two straight, capped by a 101-89 triumph over Boston on Friday.
While Toronto's road record leaves much to be desired, it can split its first 10 games at home with a victory over Houston. The Raptors snapped a six-game losing skid and won for just the second time in 14 games with a decisive 95-74 triumph over Dallas on Friday. Linas Kleiza drilled four of his five 3-pointers in the final quarter and finished with 20 points for Toronto.
TV: 1 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet Houston, TSN (Toronto)
ABOUT THE ROCKETS (11-11): James Harden is heating up once again for Houston. The bearded wonder, who has 91 points in his last three games played, scored a team-high 21 points versus Boston. While Harden's production has become old hat this season, the Rockets received 20 off the bench from Greg Smith versus the Celtics. The reserve forward went 8-for-9 from the field.
ABOUT THE RAPTORS (5-19): Andrea Bargnani was emotional on Saturday after he felt he was misquoted in an Italian newspaper. Bargnani told La Gazzetta Dello Sport that the club is "pretty much the worst team in the NBA." Bargnani, who threatened legal action on Saturday, has had time to reflect after being sidelined with a torn ligament in his elbow and a strained right wrist. The top overall pick in the 2006 draft, Bargnani is expected to miss at least three weeks. For the record, Toronto does have more wins than the Washington Wizards.
1. Toronto swingman Alan Anderson struggled in his return from a 17-game absence with a sore left foot. Anderson missed all eight shots from the field and finished with two points.
2. Harden scored 24 points in the teams' first meeting, which resulted in a 117-101 victory over Toronto on Nov. 27.
3. The Raptors won't be the only professional team playing in Toronto on Sunday. Wide receivers Donald Jones and Stevie Johnson, who attended the Raptors' game on Friday, will lead the NFL's Buffalo Bills into battle against the Seattle Seahawks.
Rockets 96, Raptors 82.