National Basketball Association wrap: Rockets, Pelicans, Warriors all see winning streaks end

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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have stopped the Toronto Raptors in their playoff tracks the past two years, winning eight of the 10 games while hardly breaking a sweat.

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

The rap superstar made the announcement during a break at the Toronto Raptors game against the Houston Rockets on Friday night (March 9) in Toronto.

The Rockets finally got going in the second half, with James Harden at the helm of their attacks. "By the looks of it, tonight this win streak is over", Drake correctly called. The Rockets failed to make a single three-point attempt in the first quarter and made just nine on the night.

Houston shot 1 for 9 from 3-point range in the first half.

The Jazz improved to 15-2 over their last 17 games.

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.

Jamal Murray had 22 points and Nikola Jokic also scored 21 to help the Nuggets end a three-game home losing streak and stay in the thick of the playoff race.

Kevin Durant led all scorers with 40 points while CJ McCollum had 30 and Damian Lillard had 28.

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

INDIANAPOLIS- Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 14 rebounds, Donovan Mitchell finished with 20 points and six assists, and the Utah Jazz stayed hot with a 104-84 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. The Rockets were 1-of-12 from 3-point range before Harden hit off-dribble triples on back-to-back possessions late in the third quarter to spark a 14-2 run that brought Houston back within striking distance.

Kyle Lowry finished with 30 points for the Raptors, with James Harden's 40 points in vain for Houston. "We didn't quite come out with what we had the last three quarters". Houston, by far the NBA's best first-quarter team with an average margin of plus-4.8 points, was doubled up in the first dozen minutes in large part due to a terrific defensive performance by the Raptors.

While they didn't find their three-point shot in the third, Houston did manage to close the gap a little.

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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