After getting back to .500, the Houston Rockets are hoping to bring a more consistent effort going forward.
So, too, are the Toronto Raptors, who are coming off their first win in December.
Seeking a season best-tying third consecutive victory, Houston - mired in its longest road losing streak in 11 seasons - tries to avoid a ninth defeat in 10 games at Toronto on Sunday.
Two nights after pulling out a 99-93 victory over Washington, the Rockets (11-11) beat Boston 101-89 on Friday to split a four-game homestand. James Harden shot 6 of 17 but finished with a game-high 21 points while Greg Smith scored 20 off the bench for Houston, which outscored the Celtics by 14 in the second half.
"We have stages where we show pretty good signs of a very good team and then we have signs where we show our youth," said Harden, averaging 30.0 points over his last four games. "We just gotta continue to stick with it for all four quarters. ... The more we play as a team and build our chemistry up, ...