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Final: Rockets Torch the Blazers, 126-113

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Rough night for the Portland Trail Blazers, as the Houston Rockets outplayed them from the opening tip, keeping them at arm's length all night for the easy victory. The lucky breaks went Houston's way as well, leaving this as a "one of those nights" game for the Blazers, who will likely forget it and move on.

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The Blazers were led by LaMarcus Aldridge (27 points, 20 rebounds), Damian Lillard (24 points, 5 assists) and Wesley Matthews (18 points).

Box Score

First Half: Rough half. Unfortunately, but the Good Rockets and the Bad Blazers showed up at the same time. Portland's porous defense allowed easy buckets at the rim for Houston. Worse yet, Houston was unconscious from three, hitting 10-13 (and one miss was at the end of the half). That kept the Blazers glued to the shooters and opened up the lane even further. At the other end, Portland had nothing in the tank, making silly turnovers and missing open shots. Houston led by 22 before the Blazers switched to a zone defense to make a run. By halftime, Portland was lucky to even be close enough to consider a comeback.

Houston 71, Portland 56

Well...could be worse. We have given up an average of 37.3 points per quarter in our last 3 quarters. Not a great clip
by SlickRick1987

Third Quarter: Portland cut the deficit to 12 but Houston responded with back to back three-point possessions to hold them at bay. Portland made another push, with Lillard hitting two free throws to pull within single digits for the first time since early in the game. After Lopez broke up an alley-oop attempt, Matthews hit a three in transition to pull the Blazers within 6. But Houston had the lead back in double-digits within seconds. Every break and most of the calls went against Portland in a short stretch, and combined with Matthews and Williams missing wide open shots, Houston restored their lead. Even hack-a-Dwight was unsuccessful. An ugly Jeremy Lin three-point swished to close another ugly quarter.

Houston 106, Portland 91

Just no luck at all right now.
by poorwebguy

Fourth Quarter: James Harden hit another three to easily hold back the Blazers' first surge, but they went on a 7 point run in less than a minute to close the gap to 11 and force a Houston timeout. Houston's rebounding advantages gave them extra chances, and they took advantage to put the game away. Soon the bench crew was in the game, and Portland moved their focus to Oklahoma City.

What's Next:

Another game tomorrow night to finish this brutal road trip, a 5pm PST game in Oklahoma City. In the meantime, stay tuned for more from Dave later tonight.

Gameday Thread Comments of the Night!

# Recs Commenter Comment Link
3 thankyouforblaze I like CJ in right now rather than Mo
3 BLAZErs1629 god reggie is the worst
2 pdxthomastran Mo needs to pass that to dame!!!!
2 RollingWave Don't worry, Houston's going to cough up another 19 point 2nd half again
2 KingWes True
2 randall.adler I officially
2 HJprobs The Rockets are so unlikeable
2 ParticleAccelerator Concede, and beat OKC.
2 Waveblade Mo come on man. :(((((
2 blazinagain Mo and his decisions kill me
2 Timmay! It's sad to watch near-elite teams complain constantly.
2 BRoyInThe4th I believe in this team.
2 Timmay! Three more national games this week.
2 colbymac MO PROBLEMS
2 T Darkstar So, this is a TNT Overtime game.
2 SlickRick1987 Doesn't matter
2 Biph I lived it Texas for awhile
2 skott75 well I was hoping for a hot start
2 Timmay! This is barely even stressful to watch.
2 Timmay! I'm not sure he knows we have a team.
2 dpnim Said Psycho T when Metta WP wasn't around
2 KingLamarcus I was a bit hesitant on saying this. But it's time to make a trade for some bench help
2 KingLamarcus Rec if you think Dwight is a sissy boy
2 Timmay! You mean like linked above?