Hou 35 28 29 24 116
Por 31 25 21 21 98
Date of game: 4/5/2013

Recap: Portland vs. Houston

Portland, OR (Sports Network) - James Harden racked up 33 points with seven rebounds and six assists as the Houston Rockets won their fourth game in a row with a 116-98 decision over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.

Jeremy Lin chipped in 22 points with eight assists and Greg Smith scored 19 for Houston, which has its longest winning streak since a five-game run from Dec.31-Jan.8.

Francisco Garcia added 11 points to fill in for Chandler Parsons, who sat with a calf injury. Houston remains one game out of sixth place in the Western Conference behind Golden State, which defeated the Phoenix Suns on Friday.

LaMarcus Aldridge's 32-point, 13-rebound performance in his return from a four-game absence with an ankle injury wasn't enough to keep the sputtering Trail Blazers from dropping a seventh straight game.

Wesley Matthews scored 18 and Damian Lillard had 11 points with seven assists in the setback.

"We need to check our hearts at the door," said Matthews. "We have six games left, we just lost seven. We're better than that."

Harden got going early, burying three from beyond the arc and scoring 17 in the first quarter to help Houston take a 35-31 lead into the second.

The Rockets then opened up a double-digit edge following the completion of a 9-0 run to start the frame and led by as many as 19 in the quarter following a driving score from Harden.

Aldridge, though, got Portland back into it as he recorded a double-double by halftime. With a pair of three-point plays, he spearheaded a quarter-closing 16-4 run and his jumper near the end of the period had Portland within 63-56 at the break.

Lin helped keep the Rockets in control, however, scoring seven straight points early in the third to put them back ahead by 12.

"We felt like they could do a good job on one side of the floor, but if we moved it to the second side they would struggle to shift their whole defense and have everyone be in position," said Lin. "We had everyone just trying to attack, attack the close out."

Portland got its deficit down to 88-77 with under a minute left in the third, but never came any closer. Smith scored Houston's first nine points of the fourth quarter to create a 101-86 spread.

The Rockets led by as many as 22 before the final buzzer.

Game Notes

Portland's Nicolas Batum sat for a second straight game with a labral tear in his shoulder ... The Trail Blazers were 2-for-20 from 3-point range ... The Rockets outscored Portland on the fastbreak 28-14.

Two Payton Award winners on Hall of Fame ballot

Former Walter Payton Award winners Archie Amerson and Michael Payton are among the FCS players eligible for induction into the 2015 class of the College Football Hall of Fame, announced Wednesday.

NASCAR News
The Inside Line: NASCAR's elite eight move on

The Eliminator Round in the new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, with the playoff field now trimmed to eight drivers.

Polian, Wolf named Pro Football HOF finalists

Former NFL general managers Bill Polian and Ron Wolf have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class under the newly-created contributors category.

Thunder exercise options on Lamb, Adams, Roberson, and Jones

The Oklahoma City Thunder exercised club options on guard Jeremy Lamb, center Steven Adams and forwards Andre Roberson and Perry Jones on Tuesday.

Wild, Coyle agree to 5-year extension

The Minnesota Wild moved to lock up another of their young core on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with center Charlie Coyle on a five-year contract extension.

Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.