HOUSTON – The Houston Rockets were bound to win at home eventually. And on Wednesday night, that eventuality came to fruition.
After losing the first two games of the series at home, Houston staved off elimination for at least one more game by holding off the Trail Blazers 108-98 in Game 5 of the Western Conference four/five first-round series. The Trail Blazers still hold a 3-2 series lead with Game 6 scheduled for Friday in Portland.
“It was another hard-fought game,” said Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts. “Obviously we got down early in the first half. I didn’t think, first half, we really played the way we’ve been playing most of the series at either end of the floor. We turned the ball over a little bit too much, a little out of sorts defensively. We made a good run at it in the second half. It was just another hard-fought game. Look forward to playing them on Friday.”
“There’s no question that we thought we were going to win that game,” said Wesley Matthews. In an 82-game season, you play in every kind of game and we have been a resilient team all year. We’ve been in deficits that we’ve allowed ourselves to get into, but we’ve been able to pull them out.”
Next up, the Trail Blazers will try to close out the series at home 7:30p Friday night at the Moda Center. Listen to Brian Wheeler and Antonio Harvey call the game live on Rip City Radio 620am. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:30p. The pre- and post-game coverage is available on mobile devices via iHeartRadio or online at http://bit.ly/RipCityRadio