Apr 5, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) shoots over Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Will Barton (5) at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Rockets Coast to Easy Win

 

The Houston Rockets 116-98 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers knocked the magic number down to 2. 2 more wins, or one win and a loss from either the Los Angeles Lakers or Utah Jazz will help the Rockets clinch a playoff berth.

James Harden led the way with 33 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists, while Jeremy Lin added 22 points and 8 assists.  The Rockets were without Chandler Parsons, who missed his second consecutive game due to a calf injury, while Carlos Delfino sat out due to the flu.  Francisco Garcia, starting in place of Parsons, scored 11 points, including going 3 for 7 from behind the arc.  Greg Smith, starting at power forward once again, added 19 points and 5 rebounds.

The Blazers were led by LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 32 points and 13 rebounds, while Wesley Matthews added 18 points.  The Blazers (33-43), are now mathematically out of playoff contention.

The Rockets also got solid contribution from the bench, led by Donatas Motiejunas, who had 10 points and 7 rebounds in 26 minutes, while Terrence Jones played 14 minutes, but did not score.

The Rockets got out to a hot start, led by Harden, who scored 17 points in the first quarter, and led 59-40 midway through the second quarter.  Portland responded with a 14-1 run and closed out the first half only trailing 63-56.  Houston put the game away midway through the third quarter, going on a 26-6 run that all but sealed any chance for the Blazers.

The Rockets will face the Denver Nuggets in Denver Saturday night.

Box Score:

Houston Rockets
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Greg Smith, PF 24 5-6 0-0 9-12 0 5 5 1 0 1 0 6 -1 19
Omer Asik, C 29 3-7 0-1 3-4 5 6 11 1 0 1 0 4 +16 9
Jeremy Lin, PG 34 8-13 2-4 4-5 1 3 4 8 2 0 4 2 +19 22
Francisco Garcia, SG 26 4-9 3-7 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 2 +7 11
James Harden, SG 35 11-21 4-9 7-8 0 7 7 6 1 1 4 0 +11 33
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Terrence Jones, PF 14 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 +10 0
Thomas Robinson, PF 4 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 -2 2
Donatas Motiejunas, PF 26 3-10 1-4 3-4 3 4 7 2 0 0 0 2 +13 10
Tim Ohlbrecht, C 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -2 0
Patrick Beverley, PG 22 3-3 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 6 1 1 0 0 +15 7
Aaron Brooks, PG 4 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
James Anderson, SG 20 1-2 1-1 0-0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 1 +6 3
Chandler Parsons, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
39-76 12-28 26-35 10 34 44 24 8 4 12 18 116
51.3% 42.9% 74.3%
Fast break points:   28
Points in the paint:   54
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   14 (14)
+/- denotes team’s net points while the player is on the court.

Portland Trail Blazers

STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
LaMarcus Aldridge, PF 40 12-19 0-0 8-10 3 10 13 3 1 0 0 5 -10 32
Victor Claver, SF 27 4-8 0-2 1-1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 3 -13 9
J.J. Hickson, C 23 5-9 0-0 1-1 3 5 8 0 1 0 0 1 -13 11
Damian Lillard, PG 40 4-12 1-2 2-3 2 1 3 7 2 0 3 1 -15 11
Wesley Matthews, SG 38 6-19 1-11 5-6 1 2 3 4 2 0 2 3 -14 18
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Joel Freeland, PF 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 +1 0
Meyers Leonard, C 25 2-6 0-0 2-2 2 4 6 2 0 0 1 5 -7 6
Eric Maynor, PG 15 0-4 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 3 1 -15 0
Nolan Smith, PG 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 +2 2
Will Barton, SG 21 4-9 0-2 1-1 1 5 6 4 0 1 1 2 +1 9
Sasha Pavlovic, SG 2 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -7 0
Jared Jeffries, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Luke Babbitt, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
38-91 2-20 20-24 14 30 44 23 8 2 13 21 98
41.8% 10.0% 83.3%
Fast break points:   14
Points in the paint:   52
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   13 (15)
+/- denotes team’s net points while the player is on the court.

 

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