Dec 12, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Houston Rockets power forward Terrence Jones (6) fouls Portland Trail Blazers power forward Thomas Robinson (41) as Houston Rockets shooting guard Francisco Garcia (32) defends during the first quarter of the game at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets 104 Portland Trail Blazers 111-Recap


 

Houston Rockets 104 Portland Trail Blazers 111

The MVP chants for LaMarcus Aldridge doesn’t seem to be a stretch anymore. The former University of Texas standout scored 31 points and grabbed 25 rebounds to lead the Portland Trail Blazers. to a big 111-104 win over the Rockets.

Wesley Matthews added 18 points, and Robin Lopez recorded a double-double, with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Dwight Howard led the Rockets with 32 points and 17 rebounds, while James Harden added 25 points and 7 assists. Chandler Parsons scored 14 points, and Patrick Beverley finished with 9 points and 14 rebounds.

There were plenty of lead changes throughout the first 3 quarters, and the Rockets were able to tie the game at 76 going into the 4th quarter, after trailing by as much as 10 to start the 3rd quarter. After the Blazers started the 4th quarter going on a 10-0 run, the Rockets would answer, going on an 11-3 run themselves. Harden converted on a 3-point play, and Parsons made a 3 to bring the Rockets within 97-95.

 

Houston Rockets
STARTERS MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Dwight Howard, PF 42 14-22 0-1 4-6 5 12 17 1 2 3 1 2 +4 32
Terrence Jones, PF 29 5-10 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 5 -26 10
Chandler Parsons, SF 38 6-18 2-4 0-0 2 3 5 2 0 0 0 3 -5 14
Patrick Beverley, PG 39 3-10 0-0 3-3 5 6 11 2 3 1 2 4 -15 9
James Harden, SG 42 8-18 2-5 7-9 0 6 6 7 1 0 3 2 +2 25
BENCH MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Greg Smith, PF 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +2 0
Omri Casspi, SF 16 2-6 0-2 2-2 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 3 +7 6
Jeremy Lin, PG 15 1-4 0-2 3-4 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 3 -1 5
Francisco Garcia, SG 19 1-6 1-5 0-0 2 0 2 0 3 0 1 1 -1 3
Donatas Motiejunas, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Ronnie Brewer, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Omer Asik, C DNP COACH’S DECISION
Aaron Brooks, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
40-94 5-20 19-24 15 33 48 16 11 6 8 23 104
42.6% 25.0% 79.2%
Fast break points:   19
Points in the paint:   66
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   8 (13)

Portland Trail Blazers

STARTERS MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
LaMarcus Aldridge, PF 41 12-22 0-0 7-9 5 20 25 2 2 2 1 3 +16 31
Nicolas Batum, SF 38 5-11 2-6 3-4 2 4 6 6 0 2 4 1 +7 15
Robin Lopez, C 36 7-9 0-0 2-3 4 6 10 1 0 2 1 5 +5 16
Damian Lillard, PG 34 1-10 1-4 5-5 0 0 0 6 0 1 2 2 +20 8
Wesley Matthews, SG 35 6-16 2-8 4-5 0 2 2 2 1 0 3 3 +3 18
BENCH MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Thomas Robinson, PF 5 0-3 0-0 2-2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 -6 2
Dorell Wright, SF 13 2-6 2-6 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 +4 6
Joel Freeland, C 13 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 -1 2
Mo Williams, PG 24 5-10 1-3 2-2 1 1 2 4 1 0 2 4 -13 13
Meyers Leonard, C DNP COACH’S DECISION
Earl Watson, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION
Allen Crabbe, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION
Will Barton, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
39-89 8-27 25-30 15 37 52 22 4 7 14 20 111
43.8% 29.6% 83.3%
Fast break points:   11
Points in the paint:   36
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   14 (13)

 

 

The Rockets wouldn’t get any closer for the rest of the game;  Nicolas Batum was left wide open in the left corner, and nailed a three to extend the lead to 102-95. Aldridge then converted on another 3-point play, stripped Terrence Jones as he was ready to go for a layup, which led to a Matthews 3-point play of his own.

The Rockets dominated in points in the paint, outscoring the Blazers 66-36, but shot just 25(5-20) percent from the 3-point line, and had just 16 assists as a team on 40 made field goals.

 

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