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Give Drake, the rapper and Toronto Raptors' "global ambassador", credit for being bold.

Kyle Lowry scored 30 points, DeMar DeRozan had 23 and the Toronto Raptors beat Houston, 108-105, on Friday night (Saturday, Manila time), snapping the Rockets' 17-game winning streak.

A desperation jumper by James Harden from the midcourt logo - not far from where Drake spoke into a microphone a couple of hours earlier - caught nothing but air at the buzzer as the Raptors swept the season series between the teams now atop the respective conference standings.

While the Raptors would need overtime to win, DeRozan's dunk was an exclamation point on a fantastic night in which he scored 42 points to lead Toronto to its sixth straight win. The Blazers' streak started when they beat Golden State 123-117 at the Moda Center on February 14, the last game before the All-Star break.

The loss is the Rockets first since January 26.

The Rockets were 1 for 12 from 3-point range before Harden drained back-to-back shots with 2:48 left in the third.

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Houston entered the night averaging 15.5 3s made and 42.4 3s attempted per game, both figures significantly higher than the National Basketball Association records set by last season's Rockets.

For the Raptors, it was Lowry leading the way with 30 points after hitting seven of nine three-pointers.

Harden scored 40 points but the Rockets lost for the first time since January 27 at New Orleans.

Houston dug itself in a big hole early as it got down 32-16 at the end of the first quarter, but it had its chances to win late, but thanks to a great defensive play by C.J. Miles in the final 20 seconds, Toronto came away with a win.

Harden scored nine points in the second but the Rockets continued to struggle from long range, making one of four 3-point shots. Chris Paul and Eric Gordon each scored 14 points, and Trevor Ariza had 13 as Houston's road winning streak ended at 10. "We didn't quite come out with what we had the last three quarters". We needed our three-point shooting to pick up. The Rockets didn't make any 3-pointers in the first quarter, attempting only five shots from beyond the arc.

By the half, the Rockets were just 1 of 9 on 3s.

The Rockets will be next seen in action on Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks in the latter's home court while Raptors will take on the New York Knicks on Saturday.

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