The Rockets won tonight against the Trail Blazers despite blowing a large lead.
The Houston Rockets won again and are now 64-15 after nearly losing to the Portland Trail Blazers tonight.
Houston held a large lead but lost it in the fourth quarter. The Blazers came all the way back to tie it, but a clutch floater by Chris Paul with 0.8 seconds left on the clock sealed the victory for Houston.
The Rockets looked incredible throughout most of the game, though. The two stars were great, it was just the team as a whole that looked awful in the fourth. The Blazers outscored the Rockets 23-12 in the last quarter.
Let’s first look at the game-winner by Paul and then some key stats.
Here is the awesome shot by CP3 that sealed the deal for the Rockets nearly at the buzzer:
Thank goodness for Chris Paul, am I right?
Chris Paul: 27 points, 5 assists
James Harden: 24 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds
Clint Capela: 11 points, 10 rebounds
How the Rockets (barely) won
Houston was playing the way they were supposed to throughout most of the night. With Damian Lillard, the Blazers were the obviously overmatched team. Despite the late collapse, the two stars looked good in the first three quarters, and CP3 obviously looked good at the end.
Harden and Paul were both efficient, shooting over 50% from the floor. The guards of the Blazers had no answer for the dynamic duo.
Luc Mbah a Moute was a defensive beast tonight. He had 5 steals and a couple of rebounds, really impacting that end of the court.
The rest of the role players played below normal expectations. Luc was the only player off the bench to post a positive plus-minus.
Houston plays one more game against a playoff-contending team on Saturday when they face the OKC Thunder. Go Rockets!