Raptors defeated at home by the Hornets…
The Houston Rockets secured a rout of the New York Knicks on Thursday night as the hosts continue to struggle with their losing streak now stretching to 14 games.
James Harden had 25 points and nine assists in just three quarters as the Rockets beat the Knicks for the 11th straight time as the hosts slumped to an NBA-worst 5-34 following their latest defeat.
New York has lost 24 of its past 25 games but they are undoubtedly in tank mode after team president Phil Jackson traded both JR Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this week to clear the books and create more cap space.
In addition, Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani remain sidelined with injury and it resulted in another one-sided loss despite rookie Travis Wear scoring a season-high 21 points and Langston Galloway adding 19.
Elsewhere in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors were stunned at home by the streaking Charlotte Hornets as Kemba Walker scored 29 points and added seven rebounds and eight assists in another impressive performance for the visitors.
The Hornets have now won four in a row to improve to 14-24 for the season, and what perhaps makes it more impressive is that they have done so without Lance Stephenson or Al Jefferson.
Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 24 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, but he conceded that they “sucked as a team” after the game and hopes they can figure it out ahead of their next game.
Over in the West, the Portland Trail Blazers had too much for the Miami Heat as LaMarcus Aldridge led the charge with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Dwyane Wade had 23 points, seven rebounds and two assists while Chris Bosh added 18 points for Miami, but it wasn’t enough for the Heat to avoid a loss which leaves them at 15-21 for the season.
Charlotte Hornets 103-95 Toronto Raptors
Houston Rockets 120-96 New York Knicks
Miami Heat 83-99 Portland Trail Blazers