DeRozan, Raptors shoot down Rockets 107-103

Raptors DeMar DeRozan drives against Omir Casspi of Houston. The Toronto Raptors defeated the...

Raptors DeMar DeRozan drives against Omir Casspi of Houston. The Toronto Raptors defeated the Houston Rockets in an NBA regular season game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ont. on Wednesday April 2, 2014. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:25 PM ET

The grind of the NBA’s season eventually takes its toll on every team, no matter pedigree or market size.

No one, in other words, is immune to it.

For most of this improbable season in Raptorland, a season that once evoked images of tank-nation, everything has gone right when so much was expected to go wrong.

The playoffs aren’t in doubt having clinched the franchise’s first post-season appearance since 2008, but one has to wonder what this unit can achieve when two of its most important pieces are hurt.

For one night, the Raptors played through the mounting misery, beating the Houston Rockets 107-103 at the Air Canada Centre.

The win gave head coach Dwane Casey his 100th victory as a Raptor.

Without Kyle Lowry, who should have been an all-star, it was DeMar DeRozan, who was an all-star, who stepped up, scoring when his team needed him to be a scorer, defending and distributing late in the game.


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