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The Game Clincher: Harkless Hits A Three-Pointer To Start The Romp Over Houston

The Portland Trail Blazers clinched tonight's game against the Houston Rockets early in the first quarter.

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The Blazers first basket typified tonight's contest: sloppy play from both teams overshadowed by the Rockets' inability to find their man on defense. The result? Easy points for the Blazers and the earliest game clinching play you'll see all season.

Houston would come back to take a brief 5-3 lead after Harkless' triple, but soon after Damian Lillard shredded the Rockets oblivious pick and roll defense again, and the Blazers grabbed a lead they would never relinquish.