Jan 20, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets power forward Donatas Motiejunas (20) drives to the basket during the first quarter as Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) defends at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets 126 Portland Trail Blazers 113-Recap

 

 

On a night where the Portland Trail Blazers looked for their 6th straight win, and their first Texas Triangle sweep since 1991, the Houston Rockets put up a season high 126 points to snap the streak.

Playing without Terrence Jones, Chandler Parsons would lead the way, scoring a season high 31 points, while adding 10 rebounds and 7 assists while Dwight Howard added 24 points and 12 rebounds. James Harden finished with 22 points, and Patrick Beverley returned to the lineup to provide a huge spark, finishing with 17 points.

The Rockets had their running shoes on from the get go, making 8 of their first 9 shots. Beverley hit his first 2 3-pointers, while Parsons scored 10 points in the first 6 minutes. Despite shooting 16 for 22 from the field in the 1st quarter, the Rockets lead by just 37-28 going into the 2nd quarter.

The hot shooting would continue, with the Rockets hitting 4 of their first 5 3’s in the 2nd, pushing the lead to 51-34. Houston would shoot a remarkable 10 for 13(77 percent) from beyond the arc in the first half, en route to a 71-56 lead at halftime.

Portland Trail Blazers
STARTERS MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
LaMarcus Aldridge, PF 37 11-26 0-1 5-6 8 12 20 3 2 1 0 1 -10 27
Nicolas Batum, SF 34 2-6 1-3 1-3 2 1 3 7 2 0 2 5 -8 6
Robin Lopez, C 28 5-8 0-0 3-3 3 0 3 0 1 1 1 2 -10 13
Damian Lillard, PG 36 7-17 3-8 7-8 0 1 1 5 0 0 4 3 -14 24
Wesley Matthews, SG 34 8-17 2-9 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 3 -7 18
BENCH MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Thomas Robinson, PF 14 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 -4 3
Meyers Leonard, C 7 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 +5 4
Joel Freeland, C 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 -9 0
Earl Watson, PG 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 +5 0
Mo Williams, PG 26 4-10 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 3 2 0 1 2 -16 9
C.J. McCollum, SG 15 3-7 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 7
Will Barton, SG 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 +5 2
Dorell Wright, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
44-97 8-25 17-22 14 23 37 21 12 3 11 23 113
45.4% 32.0% 77.3%
Fast break points:   11
Points in the paint:   64
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   11 (20)

Houston Rockets

STARTERS MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Donatas Motiejunas, PF 22 4-8 1-2 0-0 4 5 9 2 1 1 0 6 +2 9
Chandler Parsons, SF 42 12-19 3-5 4-4 2 8 10 7 0 2 1 1 +10 31
Dwight Howard, C 38 9-15 0-0 6-9 4 8 12 3 1 0 4 4 +12 24
Patrick Beverley, PG 29 5-11 3-8 4-4 1 1 2 3 1 0 2 2 +26 17
James Harden, SG 41 7-15 4-9 4-5 2 4 6 5 1 0 5 3 +5 22
BENCH MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Robert Covington, SF 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 +2 0
Ronnie Brewer, SF 9 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 +3 0
Omri Casspi, SF 33 5-9 3-5 2-2 3 5 8 2 0 0 2 2 +10 15
Jeremy Lin, PG 25 3-8 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 5 1 0 4 0 -7 8
Aaron Brooks, PG 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +2 0
Greg Smith, PF DNP SORE RIGHT KNEE
Terrence Jones, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Francisco Garcia, SG DNP SORE LEFT KNEE
TOTALS FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
45-86 16-33 20-24 17 35 52 27 5 3 18 18 126
52.3% 48.5% 83.3%
Fast break points:   18
Points in the paint:   54
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   19 (34)

 

The Blazers would make a bit of a run in the 3rd, as the Rockets started just 2 for 8 from the field. Wesley Matthews hit a 3 to close the lead within 86-80. But Harden would get on a roll, helping the Rockets close the quarter out on a 20-11 run.

LaMarcus Aldridge continued his incredible play of late, leading the way for the Blazers with 27 points and 20 rebounds, while Damian Lillard added 24 points. But the game was won at the 3-point line as the Rockets shot 49 percent(16 for 33) from downtown, while holding the Blazers to just 32 percent(8 for 25) from beyond the arc.

 

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