LaMarcus Aldridge led all players in the game in points (12), rebounds (8), offensive rebounds (3) and blocks (2, tied) in first quarter and the Trail Blazers were up 27-20. The Trail Blazers slowed down in the second quarter as Houston's James Harden hit for three. Nic Batum and Wesley Matthews stepped up to the rim and the Trail Blazers went on a 15-5 run in the final minutes of the first half. Portland walked off to the locker room trailing Houston by 1 point, 49-48.
One of LaMarcus Aldridge's 18 rebounds in the game against the Rockets allowed the Blazers to tie at 106 at the end of regulation time.
LaMarcus Aldridge who scored his career-high 46 points tonight against the Rockets was vital to the Trail Blazers' success in the second half. Aldridge scored two three-pointers and the Blazers went into overtime in Houston.
Without Aldridge on the floor, Damian Lillard took the leadership role. His three-pointer gave the Trail Blazers a one point lead over the Rockets, 119-118 with 44.5 seconds remaining in the overtime. In his playoff debut, Lillard scored 31 points.
Portland trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half. Harden, Howard and Lin seemed to fly through the Portland defense. But Portland used a 10-0 run to tie at 98 with 2:46 remaining in the game. Both Lopez and Aldridge fouled out in overtime. In the final seconds, Freeland made one of two free throws giving the Trailblazers a 122-120 victory over the Rockets in Houston.
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