The Raptors almost completed the last-second comeback, too, going on a quick 9-0 run thanks to 3-pointers from Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam and Danny Green to bring them within just two points with just 15 seconds left.
The Houston Rockets (28-20) past the Toronto Raptors (36-15) at home 121:119 (33:20, 37:41, 26:28, 25:30) and extended their winning streak to two games, meanwhile, the Raptors lost for the second time in a row. Toronto will likely have to deal with Harden again tonight as he has scored over 48 points in four of his last five games.
Many would consider it weird to see Harden make a game-saving stop, considering his reputation as a subpar defender.
"The lift was great", James Harden said. "Honestly, if I have to score a lot of points tonight ... my teammates were making shots, Kenneth brought awesome energy".
Despite Harden's scoring heroics, the Rockets are just scraping by in their wins. Five Rockets' starters finished in double digits.
On the final play of the game, Raptors Kawhi Leonard chose to go for the three- pointer and a win instead of a two-point basket which would have tied it.
Leonard scored 32 points for the Raptors, who lost their second straight game.
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Houston then used a 9-0 run to extend the lead to 108-94 about three minutes later.
Malcolm Brogdon added 19 points, Eric Bledsoe had 18, and Khris Middleton 15 to help the Bucks improve to 35-12 with their sixth straight victory.
Raptors: Jonas Valanciunas missed his 21st game with a dislocated left thumb.
Admittedly, the game got a little weird in the fourth quarter, the Raptors were hanging around by a thread but didn't look like mounting a comeback until late in the fourth, Danny Green and Pascal Siakam both knocked down huge threes late in the game to give the Raptors a chance. Faried had 11 points and eight rebounds against NY and Eric Gordon seems to have found his shot with a 20-point night on Wednesday.
Faried, who holds the NCAA record for most career rebounds with 1,673, on his big rebounding night: "It just made me feel like myself again".