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The Portland Trail Blazers never lead in this one as the Houston Rockets dominate them 118-102.
James Harden lead the way for the Rockets, finishing with a double-double and nearly a triple-double with 35 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds. He shot 13-16 from the field, 4-5 from deep and 5-6 from the line.
Chandler Parsons continues his hot streak with 20 points on 8-14 shooting in 38 minutes. This kid is starting to come into his own. His upside is growing by the minute and you can see why the Rockets do not want to let go of him.
Patrick Patterson also had a great night with 16 points on 8-11 shooting and 6 rebounds. On nights Patterson shows up the Rockets are a tough team to beat. He’s a valuable piece to how far this team can go.
The future is bright for the Blazers with the addition of future star Damian Lillard and star big man LaMarcus Aldridge who dominated the Rockets big men with 31 points and 11 rebounds. The only thing missing from this team is quality bench play.
Statistically this was the best shooting night of the season for the Rockets. They shot 47-78 from the field for 60%. They also got a big lift from their bench. The Rockets bench outscored the Blazers bench 22-15. The Rockets also won in fastbreak points 14-3. Another key stat is the Rockets only turned the ball over 10 times and shot 15% better than the Blazers.
The Rockets will get the night off before they play the Golden State Warriors Sunday night. If you saw the last time these two teams met up you will definitely want to see this matchup.