Paul missed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 14 seconds to play, then fouled Lowry in the scramble for the rebound. Lowry made both free throws, giving the Raptors a 106-102 lead with 10 seconds to go.
Gordon answered with a 3-pointer, making it a 1-point game. Houston fouled Valanciunas, who made a pair to put Toronto up by 3 with 5.4 seconds to go.
Harden got the final shot, but his deep 3 from the edge of the center-court circle was short, giving the Raptors the win.
Lowry connected on his first five shots and scored 13 points in the opening quarter as Toronto led by 32-16. The Rockets missed eight of their first 10 field-goal attempts and shot 6 for 21 in the first quarter, missing all five 3-point attempts. It was Houston’s lowest-scoring first quarter of the season and just the second time they’ve failed to score at least 20 points in the first.
Harden scored 9 points in the second quarter, but the Rockets continued to struggle from long range, making one of four 3-point shots. DeRozan had 7 points for the Raptors, who led by 58-43 at halftime.
Houston’s only lower-scoring first half this season was a 39-point effort in a Feb. 26 win at Utah.
The Rockets were 1 for 12 from 3-point range before Harden drained back-to-back shots with 2:48 left in the third. Harden scored 14 in the third, overcoming 9 points from Lowry, as Houston cut the deficit to 83-75 entering the fourth quarter.
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