TOUGH LOSS IN TORONTO

Rockets can't slow DeRozan, miss chances in 99-96 road loss

Even though the Rockets were without Dwight Howard, Patrick Beverley, Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas and Kostas Papanikolaou, they let an opportunity slip Monday night in Toronto. The team couldn't stop DeMar DeRozan (42 points) and missed key opportunities in a 99-96 road loss, dropping the Rockets to the third seed in the West. James Harden scored 31 points, but it was Clint Capela -- who saw time at center with Dwight out -- that stole the show. Capela threw down four slams (see the videos), a couple of which were highlight-reel worthy, finishing with 8 points, 9 rebounds and a pair of blocks in under 20 minutes in the first significant PT of his career. Trevor Ariza added 15 points while Corey Brewer chipped in 13 off the bench. Josh Smith had a night to forget, going just 3-14 from the field.

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