The Houston Rockets are winning the close ones with a rugged schedule ahead.
Kyle Lowry scored 26 points, Luis Scola had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Rockets beat the Toronto Raptors 88-85 on Tuesday night.
Houston has won four in a row, and five of its last six to move seven games over .500 for the first time this season. The Rockets have had to sweat out the last three wins, coming through with clutch baskets and key defensive stops at the end to hang on.
''We've built on it so much, and our team has come together so well,'' Lowry said. ''We have the faith in each other to make the plays, make the right plays and right decisions for each other and win games.''
Kevin Martin scored 14 points, though he missed a free throw with 11.7 seconds left that gave the Raptors a chance to tie it. But Linas Kleiza missed a long 3-point try, Martin corralled the rebound and the Rockets won for the 18th time in the last 25 games.
''The last possession was huge,'' said rookie Chandler Pa...