Scoring was in abundance Friday night in the Houston Rockets-Portland Trail Blazers matchup. The Rockets prevailed, 118-102.
It was a nice win for Houston as it continues to hang on to the eighth spot in the Western Conference. The Rockets were also able to increase their lead over the Blazers to two games for that final playoff berth.
Portland lost despite the best efforts of LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum.
Aldridge scored 31 points and brought down 11 rebounds. Batum added 18 points and shot 4-of-8 from behind the three-point line.
Damian Lillard also had a very good game, scoring 18 points and dishing out six dimes. Wesley Matthews had a rather poor showing. He scored only two points on 1-of-9 shooting, 0-of-6 from three-point range.
The Trail Blazers' starters did very well. It was the bench that really let the team down. As a whole, the Portland bench only scored 15 points on 5-of-20 shooting.
Houston, on the other hand, was absolutely scintillating from the floor. As a team, the Rockets shot 59.5 percent from the field, including 12-of-26 from three-point range.
Four Rockets starters finished in double figures.
Jeremy Lin and Patrick Patterson contributed with 16 points each, and Chandler Parsons added 20 of his own. Omer Asik was the only starter who didn't score in double digits. He did a lot of the dirty work, though, bringing down 13 boards and recording four blocks.
Player of the Game: James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets
James Harden was scorching. He was perfect from the floor in the first half, shooting 8-of-8. He leveled off a bit in the second half but still managed to shoot a phenomenal 13-of-16 from the floor.
For the game, Harden had a double-double with 35 points and 11 assists, also adding seven rebounds. It was just one of those kind of nights when he probably could have launched it from half court and the ball probably would have gone in.
Up Next for the Trail Blazers
It can't get much easier for the Trail Blazers. They stay on the road to take on the Orlando Magic. There isn't a colder team in the league than Orlando.
Up Next for the Rockets
Houston has a very favorable matchup with the Sacramento Kings coming up on Sunday. The Rockets will travel to Sacramento to take on a team that has lost its past four games and is 2-8 in its past 10 games.