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Rockets vs. Trail Blazers recap: 14-point comeback win!

PORTLAND, OR - DECEMBER 9: James Harden
PORTLAND, OR - DECEMBER 9: James Harden
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The Rockets came back to win against the Trail Blazers tonight in Portland 124-117.

What a game! The Houston Rockets (20-4) are now owners of a 9-game winning streak after coming back from down 14 against the Trail Blazers (13-12) in the fourth quarter.

After trailing for most of the game, James Harden and Chris Paul led a comeback to win it for the Rockets. The defense was not a priority for either team, which is interesting since these two teams were 4th and 3rd in defensive rating coming into the game.

Notable statistics

James Harden – 48 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

Chris Paul – 26 points, 7 assists, 2 steals

Clint Capela – 11 points, 10 rebounds

Notes

The Beard absolutely dominated the game, dropping 48 points on 16/29 shooting (4/7 3PT). Passing wasn’t a priority for him tonight like it normally is, but the scoring output was pretty impressive.

Chris Paul was also incredible, putting up his most points since he’s been a Rocket. He and James Harden combined for just 5 turnovers, with the Beard actually having less than CP3.

Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum went off for the Blazers, dropping 35 and 28 points respectively. However, they combined for 10 turnovers, 5 each.

The Trail Blazers actually hit more 3s than the Rockets tonight, 18 vs. 10. However, the Rockets won the game in the paint and were able to score at will there. The Rockets won the paint battle 54-36.

The Rockets’ defense stepped up when it was needed the most. They held the Blazers to just 19 fourth-quarter points after allowing 98 through three.

Highlights

Chris Paul and Clint Capela ran a nice little two-man game near the beginning:

https://twitter.com/HoustonRockets/status/939695318051860486

It’s nice to see them gaining some chemistry!

Chris Paul also was able to get his 3-point shot going:

https://twitter.com/HoustonRockets/status/939702527976550400

James Harden DESTROYED Noah Vonleh off the dribble:

OH MY. ⛸⛸⛸ pic.twitter.com/X7ZnHPhjZ9

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 10, 2017

What was Vonleh trying to do?

James Harden had a tough and-one to secure the win for Houston:

UNSTOPPABLE. pic.twitter.com/GUStZmptU8

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 10, 2017

All-in-all, an unbelievable game for the Rockets. It was great that they were able to pull it out after such a rough start. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for more!

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