The Houston Rockets (23-25) delivered a resounding 135-106 victory over the Toronto Raptors (17-31), with Alperen Sengun and rookie Cam Whitmore combining for an impressive 49 points.

Whitmore notched a season-high 25 points off the bench, while Sengun recorded 24 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists in just three quarters of play.

The Rockets asserted their dominance early, leading by double figures for most of the game and securing a commanding 30-point advantage by the end of the third quarter, allowing coach Ime Udoka to rest his starters for the entire fourth.

Amen Thompson, the fourth overall pick in the 2023 draft, also had a standout performance with a season-high 19 points, contributing to Houston’s offensive prowess.

Despite efforts from Scottie Barnes (28 points) and Immanuel Quickley (25 points), the Raptors struggled, marking their sixth loss in the last seven games.

Former Raptors player Fred VanVleet, in his first meeting with his former team, contributed with 10 points and six assists, displaying his experience and familiarity against Toronto.