The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Houston Rockets, 111-104, behind 31 points and 25 rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge on Thursday night. It was the first 30-point, 25-rebound performance in Blazers history.
With the win, the Blazers improved to 19-4—the best start in franchise history—while the Rockets fell to 15-8 with the loss.
After a sluggish opening 24 minutes that saw both teams shoot worse than 40 percent from the field, the Rockets and Blazers turned it on in the third quarter, scoring 32 and 33 points, respectively to open the second half.
Portland would ultimately pull away in the fourth quarter, though, as they held a 35-28 advantage in the game's final frame.
Dwight Howard led the Rockets with 32 points and 17 rebounds while James Harden added 25 points and seven assists, but Houston was unable to get things going from beyond the arc (5-of-20) throughout. Chandler Parsons contributed 14 points on 6-of-18 shooting.
Aldridge was one of five Blazers who finished in double-figures, as Robin Lopez double-doubled to the tune of 16 points and 10 boards while Wesley Matthews poured in 18 points in 35 minutes.
Damian Lillard was the only Blazers starter who failed to reach double-figures, as Patrick Beverley (nine points, 11 rebounds) shut him down with a pesky performance on the defensive end.
Next up for the Rockets is a showdown with the Golden State Warriors on Friday while the Blazers will travel to Philadelphia for a matchup with the 76ers on Saturday night.
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