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Houston Rockets Score Season-High in Win Over Blazers

Nov 27, 2016; Portland, OR, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts as the crowd boos him during introductions before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first quarter of the game at the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 27, 2016; Portland, OR, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts as the crowd boos him during introductions before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first quarter of the game at the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports
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Nov 27, 2016; Portland, OR, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts as the crowd boos him during introductions before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first quarter of the game at the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets record a season high in points in their convincing win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Player Grades reflect the overall quality effort of the squad.

Despite another double-double from James Harden, Eric Gordon’s 28 points off the bench, played a huge factor in the Houston Rockets blowout win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

As expected, it was an exciting first half for both high powered  offenses. Both teams shot over 50% percent from the field, but it was the Houston Rockets who took a 65-62 lead into the half. The Portland Trail Blazers had no answers for the league’s top MVP candidate, James Harden, who ended the half with 21 points and 5 assists.

As much as the Blazers struggled to defend Harden, the Rockets shared their own problems on the defensive end against C.J. McCollum. The league’s most improved player lit the Rockets up for 20 points in the first half.

The Blazers tried their best not to get outdone on their home floor as they revamped their defense on Harden. Yet, the hot scoring from Eric Gordon proved to be more dangerous off the bench. Gordon added in 10 points in the third quarte shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from behind the arc.

In the end, the Rockets hot shooting was just too much for the Blazers. Houston improves their record to 11-6 and remained undefeated on their five-game west coast road trip.

Next: Rockets Starting Front Court Grades

Nov 27, 2016; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) drives to the basket on Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) during the fourth quarter of the game at the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. The Rockets won 130-114. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Rockets Starting Front Court Grades:

CLINT CAPELA. A. After giving DeMarcus Cousins more than he could ask for Friday night, Clint Capela sustained his momentum in Portland. He had another great night on both ends of the floor. <p> He made it a nightmare for Portland’s guards to score in the paint. As well as scoring a career-high in points. </p> <p>Overall, another great game for the future all-star. 21 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks and Plus/Minus (+11)</p>. Center. Houston Rockets

Power Forward. Houston Rockets. RYAN ANDERSON. B. It’s funny to watch Ryan Anderson this season because fans never know what player they will get. Some days Anderson looks worse than a little league basketball player. Other days, he looks like the second or third most important player for the Rockets. <p>Against the Trail Blazers, the Rockets got the subpar all-star caliber player. </p> <p>Overall, Anderson had a solid night. 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, Plus/Minus (+12)</p>

Houston Rockets. TREVOR ARIZA. B+. Trevor Ariza is so consistent in his play, sometimes I feel a little repetitive when speaking of his performance. The quiet assassin had a solid night scoring when needed, but it was his play on the defensive end that stood out the most. Against one of the league’s top perimeter players, Damian Lillard, who is capable of dropping 40 on any team on any given night. <p>Ariza did a nice job holding the Trail Blazers all-star to under 40 % percent from the field. Sure, he scored 27 points, but most of them came from the free throw line. </p> <p>18 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and shot 4 of 5 from deep, Plus/Minus (+14)</p>. Small Forward

Next: Rockets Starting Back Court Grades

Nov 27, 2016; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers center Mason Plumlee (24) is called for a foul as Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) tries to get around him during the third quarter of the game at the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. The Rockets won 130-114. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Rockets Starting Backcourt Grades

Patrick Beverley had a quiet night. He could not get into a rhythm on offense, and his defense was rather nonexistent. However, Beverley left his mark on the game by doing the little things that are not appreciated though stats. <p>1 point, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, Plus/Minus (+16)</p>. Shooting Guard. Houston Rockets. PATRICK BEVERLEY. C-

A+. What is there left to say about James Harden? The Beard had another sensational performance in Portland. During the first half, it seemed as if Harden was on the verge of another 40 point game as he scored 21 points to lead all scorers. Half time adjustments by the Blazers defensively slowed Harden’s scoring a little. <p>What I admire about Harden’s play the most is his ability to create scoring opportunities for his teammates. However, when the Rockets needed someone to step up as their closer, Harden went into Mamba mode scoring 10 points in the fourth. </p> <p>38 points, 2 rebounds, 10 assists, 1 block, 2 steals and Plus/Minus (+8). The only downside being once again Harden coughed the ball up again registering 5 turnovers</p>. Point Guard. Houston Rockets. JAMES HARDEN

Next: Best Bench Player/Opponent

Nov 27, 2016; Portland, OR, USA; Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) drives to the basket on Portland Trail Blazers center Mason Plumlee (24) during the first quarter of the game at the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Rockets Best Reserve:

Shooting Guard. Houston Rockets. ERIC GORDON. A+. There was a new chef in Houston’s kitchen tonight! H-Town’s favorite Sixth Man had another productive night for the Rockets. Although Harden is carrying a huge load of Houston’s offense, it nice to see someone stepping up to help the five-time all-star. Gordon was astonishing for the Rockets. <p>This was perhaps, his best game of the season. For the ninth time this season, Gordon scored 20 or more points off the bench. </p> <p>Although Harden was great, Gordon was the MVP for the Rockets this game scoring 26 points, and adding 5 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal. He also scored 6 of 9 from deep. Plus/Minus (+13)</p>

A-. The Blazers tried their best not to get out done on their home floor and did everything possible to compete with the Rockets. Amongt the players who refused to give up was C.J. McCollum. During the first half, he lit the Rockets up for 20 points and was seemingly on the verge of scoring 40 points. <p>Thankfully, Houston’s defense held McCollum to eight points the remainder of the game. However, one cannot forget his unstoppable first half performance. 28 points, 7 assists, Plus/Minus (-1)</p>. Shooting Guard. Portland Trail Blazers. C.J. MCCOLLUM

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