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Blazers vs. Rockets Final Score: 109-98; Portland Snaps Eight Game Road Losing Streak

The Portland bench scored 37 to help snap an eight game road losing streak.

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he bench came alive to help Portland snap their road losing streak.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and the Blazers bench scored 37 points as the Portland Trail Blazers overcame the Houston Rockets, 109-98 Sunday night at the Toyota Center to snap an eight game road losing streak.

Both teams started the game cold from the field, but Houston recovered first for an early 14-2 run.  The bench led the charge to recover, with Steve Blake scoring five in the quarter.  Aldridge led the Blazers in the quarter with eight, and Portland trailed by just one after one.

The bench exploded in the second quarter, with CJ McCollum leading the blitz.  The bench scored 18 of Portland's 35 points in the second quarter, with McCollum scoring nine and Chris Kaman four.  Will Barton got in on the action, blocking a Trevor Ariza shot from behind on one end and sweeping through the lane for an up and under layup on the other.  The starters continued the effort, with Robin Lopez scoring six in the quarter, and Portland took a 13 point lead into halftime.

The parallels started to grow in the third quarter between this game and the previous game versus Dallas.  The offense went out of rhythm, unable to find any shots.  On the Houston end, James Harden made his case for yet another Academy Award, shooting 14 free throws in the third quarter alone.  The Rockets as a team shot 18.  Harden shot just 3-of-8 from the field, but scored 18 points in the quarter.  Behind his fantastic acting, the Rockets closed the gap to one after three.  Aldridge led the Blazer scoring with eight.

When things looked dark in the fourth quarter, help came in the form of Meyers Leonard.  Leonard scored Portland's first nine points of the fourth quarter and help Portland re-extend their lead to as far as nine.  When the Rockets got as close as four, Nicolas Batum hit a three for a seven point lead to seal the game.

McCollum and Leonard led the bench scoring with 12.  Damian Lillard had 23 points on 6-of-10 shooting.  Lopez had 14 points.


Gameday Thread Comments of the Night

Thanks to all who participated in tonight's Gameday Thread! Most folks were awesome as always, but unfortunately, it was sometimes a night of premature disappointment. Here were a few of the classics:

Predicting a [Blazers] 83-96 loss
by Projectripcity89

I smell a [Rockets] blowout coming
by skott75

I am so tired of lack of effort and heart. Terry fails to motivate his troops, and it is very frustrating.
by sug

Post-Game Reaction

VIDEO: LaMarcus Aldridge denies James Harden at the rim.