The Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets look to rebound from disappointing losses and get key players back in action when the teams meet for the first time
this season Wednesday at the Toyota Center.

Toronto (31-26) leads the Atlantic Division and appears on its way to snapping a four-year playoff drought, but looked far from a postseason contender in a 107-91 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday.

The Raptors trailed by as many as 30 points and hit just 4-of-16 from 3-point range - their worst effort from beyond the arc in more than two months. They lost for just the third time in 12 contests.

"They outplayed us in every facet of the game. We competed in the third and fourth quarter but they just jumped on us," said Raptors coach Sam Mitchell, whose squad is concluding a three-game road trip. "It's only the second game I can remember where we've just gotten it handed to us."

Toronto leading scorer Chris Bosh averages 23.1 points, but was held to 14 on Monday, matching his lowest output in the last 22 contests. Andrea Bargnani, the No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft, tried to pick up the slack with 17 points and Rasho Nesterovic added a season-high 16 on 8-of-10 shooting.

The Raptors suffered another blow when starting guard Anthony Parker sprained his right ankle in the first half. He is the only Toronto player to start every game this season, averaging 11.6 points, but his status is uncertain for Wednesday.

Houston center Yao Ming has been sidelined for two months with a broken leg, and on Monday, the squad also was without Tracy McGrady due to flu-like symptoms as it lost 77-72 to the Boston Celtics.

The Rockets (35-21) blew a double-digit fourth-quarter lead and set season lows for points, field-goal percentage (32.1) and 3-pointers made with just one on 22 attempts.

"We had the game," said Rockets guard Bonzi Wells, who started for McGrady and had a season-high 27 points with nine rebounds. "We were up 10 or 12 in the fourth quarter and we should have put them away. (But) we didn't have the will to put them away. We let them score six or seven straight points and we never really recovered."

Houston remains fifth in the Western Conference and is trying to get back to the playoffs after missing out last season.

The Rockets hope McGrady recovers in time for this matchup as he is averaging 27.5 points in 17 career games against the Raptors - his best mark versus any opponent. The All-Star guard, who played his first three seasons in Toronto, is averaging 24.6 points this season, but that number has jumped to 34.3 in his last three games.

Houston is 20-8 at home this season, holding opponents to 88.2 points per game, and has won nine of 11 all-time meetings with Toronto there. The Raptors took both matchups between the teams last season, though, including a 112-92 home win on Jan. 6 in the most recent meeting.


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