Raptors Final Score: Dinos Blown Out By Rockets 117-101

Scott Halleran

It wasn't a last second loss, but this game was the most devastating loss thus far. And it's not even close.

The Raptors were destroyed tonight in Houston, as the Rockets out-played the Dinos in every fashion.

The Rockets jumped out to an early lead in this one, as the Raptors starters came out flat to start the game.

Once Houston had their lead, they never looked back. The lead just kept growing - and growing - and growing, until the Raptors were down by 27 points near the end of the third quarter. At that point Dwane Casey decided to sit the starters, who were a combined -84, and play the bench players some big minutes.

It worked, as the Raptors went on a little run, and found themselves down just 12 points with 4 minutes left in the game. Unfortunately, the comeback came too late for the Dinos, as a Jeremy Lin dunk with 2 minutes remaining was the cherry-on-top for a Rockets victory.

Who should be held accountable for such a terribly played game?

DeRozan, Calderon and JV all struggled in this game, but Kyle Lowry has to be held accountable more than the others.

Lowry was completely non-existent against his former team, recording just 7 points on 10 shots. He was dominated all game by Jeremy Lin, who played very well, recording 16 points and 10 assists. Kyle Lowry's postgame quote sums up his performance pretty well, as he simply said "I played horrible".

When asked whether he's 100% healthy, he responded with "I'm on the court", which NBA-code for "No, I'm not fully healthy".

When fully healthy, we know how good Lowry can be, so it would make full sense that he's not 100% quite yet.

In a game with so many negatives, there was one big positive: Terrence Ross.

He played the best game of his career, with career-highs in both points and minutes. We knew Ross could shoot, but he showed us something more in this game. His athleticism. He had 3 HUGE dunks, (the best of which can be seen here) which resulted in Leo and Matt pleading for the NBA to let him in the dunk contest. They're not the only ones, as twitter was exploding with reaction to Ross' dunks. Ross played very well, and showed the potential that convinced the Raptors to take him in last years draft.

The Raptors now sit at an awful 3-12 record, good enough for 2nd worst in the NBA.

After 5 straight losses, the playoffs are looking ever so distant for this Raptors squad. The Raptors need to string together some big wins if they want to get back into the playoff picture, but tomorrow will be a tough time to get started. The Raptors face the 10-2 Memphis Grizzlies, arguably the best team in the NBA.

Be sure to check out the HQ tomorrow night, as we'll be blogging live.
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