Even without many of their bigs the Rockets were still able to “hold” Aldridge and the Blazers, and defeat the Trail Blazers at Toyota Center.
The Houston Rockets have struggled from time-to-time to close out teams in the fourth quarter, but that was not the case tonight as the Rockets defeated the Trail Blazers by a final score of 126-113. Their 126 points was their highest output of the season.
When the Rockets came out after a 71-point first half, people were really worried about another potential collapse. Instead, the Rockets kept pushing throughout the quarter and finished the quarter on a 20-11 run, giving the Rockets a 15-point lead after a 35-point third period. The Trail Blazers weren’t able to put together a strong run in the fourth quarter, sending them to their 10th loss of the season.
The Rockets 1st half looked like the eerily similar to their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder last week, also on TNT. The Rockets 71-56 lead at the half, was similar to their 73-point first half just 4 days ago. The Rockets shot 28-42 (66.7%) from the field and a whopping 10/13 from beyond arc. Parsons had 19pts, Howard 15pts, and Casspi 11pts off the bench at the half.
The return of Patrick Beverley tonight was crucial in tonight’s victory. After missing close to a month with a hand injury, Beverley hustled throughout all 29 minutes, and finished with 17 points, but more importantly a +26 while on the court. Chandler Parsons finished tonight’s game with a spectacular 31/10/7 line, and was a key part to maintaing the Rockets lead when the Blazers seemed to be making a run. Dwight Howard finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
The Rockets stay at home to face the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM and the game can be seen on CSN Houston.