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Rockets inbounded with .8 left on clock. Howard caught and put in layup. Will be reviewed.
Rockets have been outrebounded in only 19 of their 62 games this year. They're getting destroyed on the glass tonight, 41-24. 83-73 Blazers.
Since Rockets are getting nothing done defensively anyway, McHale to try to kick-start offense. Lin in for Jones, Parsons to 4 vs. Aldridge.
Rockets just have not had enough intensity, fire from opening tip. Blazers offense now tearing them apart, lead by 16.
This is getting ugly. Blazers are 7-9 from the field, 3-3 from deep in the third -- Rockets have fallen behind by 16. McHale calls timeout.
Blazers' offense putting on a clinic here in 3Q. Matthews shooting fire obviously helps, but they're getting good looks nearly every trip.
Blazers have scored on 8 of 11 possessions to start the second half. Can't come back allowing that, especially while missing 3s, fts.
Besides terrible defensive rebounding, 3-pt shooting, Rockets had 3 assists in half, Dwight had 1 rebound. Plenty to address besides refs.
Blazers 54, Rockets 47 at half. Hou 1 of 13 on 3s. Por 14 2nd chance pts. Lots of boos for officials on way off, which is very rare here.
Ummmm so Lin wasn't fouled on that play? I guess we're blind but we just don't know it lol
Fans booing as players exit. No foul called on Lin drive as time expired. Rockets complained and Jordan Hamilton was whistled for a tech.
Can't think of a more appropriate way for that first half to end.
Zarba with another technical foul, hits Jordan Hamilton after no call on Lin drive.
HALF: Blazers 54, Rockets 47. Fortunate to be down just seven. They're 1-13 from 3P, have just two assists. Harden has 12, but just 2-11 FG.
James Harden, shooting 51.5 % since All Star break and 51 % vs. Portland this season, is 2 of 11.
Houston's season-low in assists for a game is 8. They have just 2 tonight with 1:10 left in the first half.
That should be before one team foul, of course. And now Rockets have their first. A few rebounds would make officiating less relevent.
Rockets 1 of 11 on 3s. Dwight 2 of 2. Blazers doubling like crazy and fouled him twice, but I'm thinking he should get more shots.
I thought Zach really missed the offensive foul he called on Hamilton. That has nothing to do with the T, especially with him.
Just a terrible (I mean, TERRIBLE) offensive foul call against Jordan Hamilton. Then a tech on McHale. Then POR scored. 5-point swing.
Hmmmm the officiating in this. Hamilton called for the offensive foul on that?
Zach Zarba, who usually will take more guff than anyone, hits McHale with a rapid-fire T. Must've said magic word.
Dwight Howard has averaged 28.3 points in three games vs. Portland this season. Soon, he might take his first shot of the night.
Clippers did not beat Lakers this week as thoroughly as the baby that won the baby race. Alabama just offered kid a scholarship for 2032.
So 1Q that started out in way that could have proved disastrous for HOU ends up nearly even. PDX TOs, Rox D-rebounding both... umm, not good
Rockets down 30-28 after Q1, but made good comeback after falling 10-0 to start. Harden has 11 & 3 stl, but Parsons (8p) really stepped up.
Blazers 30, Rockets 28 after 1. Rockets 8 of 12 inside arc, 1 of 8 on 3s. Blazers 11 of 22 shooting, but 7 tos.
Blazers isolate Mo Williams on Lin on three consecutive possessions, get three-consecutive open looks, buckets.
Blazers are usually really good at taking care of the ball. Top-5 in turnover rate. But already 7 TOs that Rox have turned into 11 points.
Rockets killing Blazers with 7 steals. Blazers killing Rockets with six offensive boards. Both coaches will want to kill somebody soon.
After shaky start, Harden now with 11 points in 1Q and still 2 mins to go. More impressive: he's already got 3 steals.
Quite the 1Q showing from Parsons. 4-5 from field, all 4 buckets coming via dribble drives.
With Lin in for Beverley, Parsons takes on the assignment on Lillard.
Strong start for Blazers, coupled w/ 2 PFs on D12 & 1-5 from Harden had PDX looking good.Then LMA picks up 2nd, Harden heats up = HOU w/in 4
Parsons finishes few drives and Harden hits Rockets' 1st trey (after five misses) and it's a four-point game. Por 5 tos (Rox 2) have helped.
Maybe that three will get Harden going. He has struggled. Parsons (3-4 FG) has been successful attacking basket. Rockets now within 22-18.
Lack of intensity Part II: Rockets have committed fouls on six of Portland's 13 possessions.
Rockets glaring lack of intensity early leads to Portland getting rebound of all three shots Blazers have missed in first 5 1/2 minutes.
Blazers are not a team that lives at the line (near bottom-10 in FT rate), but they'll be shooting FTs at every foul for final 7:32 of 1Q.
Early Omer Asik sighting tonight as Dwight Howard picks up his second foul. Rockets down 12-3 just three minutes in.
As if things were not going badly enough, Howard with two fouls in 3:11, heads to bench.
As understandably dead as it is in here with 8-0 Portland start, the nightly science lesson incited comas.
Outside of Lillard missing a layup on first fg attempt, near perfect start for Portland. Two 3s and a fast break layup, Blazers up 8-0.
Really wondered if Rockets would have intensity of Miami, Indiana games. We have our answer quickly. Portland up 8-0. Rockets 0 good shots.
Slightly different crowd in the front row tonight. Some pretty wide-eyed looks when Hakeem found his seat next to them.
The Rockets always put Dwight Howard on the scoreboard during the "rockets' red glare" part of national anthem. His reactions are great.
Those numbers, btw, very similar to what he's averaged vs PDX this yr. Howard in that convo too, and he's averaging 28 & 14 vs. Blazers.
Among the lesser matters: With a win, Harden has every good chance to claim 2nd straight Player of Week. Averaging 26.7 ppg, 7 apg this week
Moments away from tip at TC. Obviously a great deal potentially riding on tonight's outcome vs Blazers (tiebreaker, etc.).
Thought we'd see Asik, Howard together vs. Indy. Didn't happen; could tonight. Asik played well vs. Aldridge in Por. Used in practice Sat.
Hardly anyone talks about this stat, but Rockets are 24-8 since Gersson Rosas officially returned.
Less obvious, but even more eye-catching, Terrence Jones is shooting 62.3 %, 57.1 % on 3s since break.
One key to Rockets surge: Harden's shot was off back in Dec., Jan. after foot injury. In 9 gms since break, has shot 51.5 %, 40.3 % on 3s.
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After a career-high scoring night to key Rockets win against Pacers, Troy Daniels re-assigned to RGV of D-League. (He had 5 in final mins.)
Rockets announce they have re-assigned guard Troy Daniels to RGV Vipers.
As much as Rockets might have wished they were still in East when were missing or barely making playoffs, they are 20-3 vs East this season.
Rockets 3 back of OKC for best in West, but still just a couple gms into killer stretch. Portland on Sun before @ OKC, Chicago and Miami.
That's the thing about regular season games. Rarely are things -- motivation, rest, preparation time -- equitable. That comes in playoffs.
Dwight Howard: “That’s all we talked about, every time out, every possession, how they blew us out. We wanted to get payback.”
Didn't think was 'just another game" to Harden as he said Wednesday. "Always wanted to get back against them.” Dwight Howard went further.
James Harden on the third quarter: "(It) was probably the best I've seen us play offense and defense in one quarter. We were rolling."
Rockets have made at least half their shots in 26 games (23-3), the most since doing it 34 times in 94-95.
If you open windows around town you might hear the music coming out of Rockets locker room again.
McHale said it looked like Jeremy Lin had his first step back: "I thought Jeremy had a lot of juice tonight."
McHale: "As just a fan of basketball, it was fun to watch the team play like that."
Rockets 112-86 win two points shy of biggest of year. Move to 14-0 at home vs. East, have season-long 7-game home win streak, 22-6 in '14.
Rockets have added post-game interviews. Naturally, they ask about the fans instead of you know, basketball. Not many still here to hear it.
Rockets served notice to the rest of the NBA tonight with masterful massacre of Pacers. Houston wins 112-86. Quite a show.
FINAL: Rockets 112, Pacers 86. 14th win in last 16 as Harden (28p in 31m), Rockets cowboyed up, sent message to league: Houston's for real.
Rockets unbeaten vs. East in Houston with a 32-point lead tonight and one game left here, vs. Philly.