Blazers vs. Rockets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Blazers vs. Rockets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Blazers vs. Rockets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Portland Trail Blazers (21-28) play against the Houston Rockets (35-35) at Toyota Center

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST on Friday January 28, 2022

Portland Trail Blazers 125, Houston Rockets 110 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Rockets suffer 10th consecutive home loss bit.ly/3ILQHO61:18 AM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
After helping Spurs Give deliver a $10,000 check to ⁦@MorgansWndrlnd⁩’s Gordon Hartman, Derrick White dished out 9 dimes to his teammates in helping the Spurs topple the Bulls. Spurs finished with 35 assists three days after registering 38 in a blowout win in Houston. pic.twitter.com/Z1nZz6WuMb12:58 AM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
🐜 Simons Szn continues 🐜
@stormxio | X Factor pic.twitter.com/pTDeM9NlK112:15 AM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
All 5 starters in double figures 📈 🎥 pic.twitter.com/xgm6tUYxt511:45 PM

Jusuf Nurkic @bosnianbeast27
Start road trip with W🙌🏻
🅿️ #ripcity pic.twitter.com/7LAo5ycRTF11:26 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Jalen Green shifted his focus on driving to the basket and getting to the free throw line: “That’s the best way to get out of a shooting slump.” – 11:08 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Jalen Green said he tried to be aggressive from the jump. “That’s the best way to get out of a shooting slump.” – 11:07 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Christian Wood liked how Jalen Green got downhill and was impressed with some of the passes he made. “When he’s aggressive like that he’s tough to stop because his first step is just crazy quick.” – 11:06 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Christian Wood: “We just got to start the game off better than we did.” – 11:03 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Tough one. Portland on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/Y4pfY1jVIq10:54 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls fall to 131-122. DeRozan: 32pts. LaVine: 30. Bulls 52% but went 8-30-3s. Spurs: Murray: 29-9-12. Up next: Bulls host Portland Sunday.2:15 pre. @670TheScore @Chicago Bulls radio network @Audacy10:52 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Garrison Mathews: “Defenses are starting to run me off the 3-PT line. I can’t just be a one dimensional guy. I have to learn how to put the ball on the floor. I have to learn how to drive and kick.” – 10:51 PM
Trendon Watford @trendonw
good win… ❤️‍🔥💪🏽 – 10:51 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Garrison Mathews says he’s fine after taking that hard foul in the fourth quarter. – 10:50 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Final 📊
Ant: 27p/6a/3r
CJ: 26p/5a/3r
Nurk: 25p/13r
Norm: 16p/5r/3s/2a
RoCo: 13p/5r/3b/2s
Ben: 12p
Trendon: 6p/3a/2s/2r – 10:50 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Stephen Silas on Jalen Green’s jumpshot: “He continues to put hours and hours of work into it so he’s going to be fine.” – 10:47 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Stephen Silas on Jalen Green tonight: “Jalen’s going to be fine. He’s going to be just fine.”
Says he really like Green’s on-ball defense and how he got to the free throw line tonight (9 attempts). – 10:44 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Stephen Silas credits the bench unit, led by Josh Christopher and KJ Martin, for giving Houston the boost to get back in this game. – 10:43 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Stephen Silas credits Blazers shot-making on their victory: “They have shooting all over the floor so when you start double teaming or giving more attention they start swinging the ball and finding open shots.” – 10:41 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Double-double for C-Wood. 🚀
📈 21PTS 15REB 2BLK
@creditkarma | #MoneyMoveoftheGame pic.twitter.com/iqHeYrIq1z10:39 PM

David Hardisty @clutchfans
The Rockets play five more games before the Feb 10th trade deadline. Up next are home games against Stephen Curry and the Warriors on Monday and rookie Evan Mobley and the Cavs, which could be an Eric Gordon destination team, on Wednesday. – 10:32 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Anfernee Simons tonight:
27 PTS
6 AST
11-17 FG
5-9 3P
He’s averaging 24.4 points and 7.1 assists on 49/44/90% shooting in January. pic.twitter.com/f7n0KqUIWn10:31 PM

Jay Allen @PDXjay
This is the 8th time this month that @Anfernee Simons has led the #Blazers in scoring in a game. Prior to January, Simons had led the team in scoring four times in his first three-plus NBA seasons. #RipCity10:29 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Talked about this with @The_Raheel: Jalen Green gets past defenders all the time. That first step is legit.
He just doesn’t know what the hell to do after he does lol – 10:28 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Blazers 124, Rockets 110: FINAL. 27 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds for @Anfernee Simons. 25 points, 13 rebounds for @Jusuf Nurkic. 26 points, 5 assists for @CJ McCollum. 16 points, 5 rebounds for @Norman Powell. 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks for @Holla_At_Rob33. – 10:27 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Wolves opponents (ATL, BKN, POR, GSW, PHX) have made 77 of their 172 3-point attempts over the past 4.5 games. 44.8% – 10:24 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Successful challenge by Stephen Silas. Off the hands of Robert Covington. Rockets bal. – 10:22 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets challenge a call to get possession. Just 2.3 on the shot clock but with 2:29 left and stops hard to come by, they want to make sure they have the ball down nine. – 10:20 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Rockets are going to challenge the out of bounds call, and from the one replay they showed in arena, it looks like this one will be overturned. – 10:20 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
this is an import-ant highlight that you need to see pic.twitter.com/QsccQQ0c9W10:20 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Rockets’ Armoni Brooks looks to recapture shooting touch ift.tt/3INoPca10:18 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Whenever the Blazers need a bucket they just give the ball to McCollum or Simons and it works out. Both have been terrific tonight – 10:17 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Simons with an impressive finish at the rim to push Portland’s lead back to double digits — 11 to be exact — with 3:01 to play. – 10:17 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets were within six with five minutes left after the Green 3. They missed their three shots, all from deep, since. The Blazers made 3 of 4, lead by 11 with three minutes left. – 10:17 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Garrison Mathews got shaken up on that last fall. Looks like he’ll stay in the game. – 10:16 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Mathews took a hard foul and stayed on the floor. Wouldn’t even look at the direction of the Rockets bench after he got back up. – 10:14 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Green hits a 3, after his steal and dunk. Rockets back within six. Green is 2 of 7 from deep but it’s his first game with multiple 3s in the past seven. He has 13p, 4r, 4a. – 10:10 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Back-to-back threes for the Rockets cut the Trail Blazers’ lead to 108-102 with 5:29 to play in regulation. Mostly all Portland in the first half, mostly all Houston here in the second. – 10:10 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Green drains a 3 to cut the Blazers lead to 6 forcing a timeout. Green was quite pumped afterwards – 10:09 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Anfernee Simons.
That’s the tweet. – 10:07 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Blazers are up to 23 points on 18 Rockets turnovers – 10:03 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Shoutout to the guy in the Blazers baseball jersey for razzing the Rockets unmercifully when they’re at the free throw line – 10:02 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
KJ Martin with a season-high 16 points, heading to the free throw line for two more attempts. – 10:01 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Key stretch here with Rockets down seven as Green and Sengun return, Wood and Mathews sit. – 9:59 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
This game won’t be on D.J. Augustin’s career highlight reel – 9:59 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Rockets scored 24 of their 32 third-quarter points in the paint. – 9:55 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
One more to go.
Rockets: 85
Blazers: 91
@kroger | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/99aIcbSSrH9:55 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
How did the draft community miss so badly on Josh Christopher and KJ Martin? – 9:53 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Blazers 91, Rockets 85: end of third quarter. 19 points, 5 assists for @CJ McCollum. 18 points, 10 rebounds for @Jusuf Nurkic. 17 points, 2 assists for @Anfernee Simons. 16 points, 4 rebounds for @Norman Powell. @Holla_At_Rob33 with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks. – 9:53 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Blazers 91, Rockets 85 after 3. Rockets trailed by as much as 18. Got a jolt from Martin, Christopher. Rotation change with Augustin in rather than Brooks. Mathews with 19, Wood with 14p, 15r. McCollum with 19. – 9:53 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
That’s gotta be 10 dunks in the third quarter for the Rockets – 9:52 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
I struggle to see how Eric Gordon can do 33 more games of this. – 9:50 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Garrison Mathews 4 of 7 on 3s. Rest of Rockets 4 of 24. – 9:47 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
This Jalen Green jumpshot thing is getting weird. – 9:43 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Whole lotta dunks for the Rockets here in the third quarter – 9:41 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Hustle bucket plus the foul 😤 pic.twitter.com/kCX4rmGzup9:38 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Jae’Sean Tate has scored or set up nine of the Rockets’ 11 points to start the second half, cutting the lead to eight. He also has four fouls. With Porter out, Rockets need the ball in his hands. – 9:32 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Jalen Green and Josh Christopher are the first two Rockets to re-emerge from the locker room after halftime. Christopher is giving Green some pointers on his release they both rejoice after Green makes back-to-back threes – 9:24 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Rockets put Kevin Porter Jr. in health and safety protocols ift.tt/3KSTBSX9:18 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Trail Blazers 66, Rockets 53 at half. Blazers hit 57.5 %, 10 of 21 3s. Rockets not so much, 6 of 22 on 3s. with 13 turnovers. – 9:12 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Put him through the spin cycle 😵‍💫 pic.twitter.com/Xa32JPy0gL9:11 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Eric Gordon got bear hugged on his way to the rim right before the half and Ben Taylor said it was all ball. Blazers by 13 – 9:11 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
As of this moment, here’s a full list of players with at least 40 3’s in January, shooting .440 or better from beyond the arc:
1. Duncan Robinson.
End of list.
(ok, Anfernee Simons is shooting .438, but that’s not .440) – 9:03 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
C.J. McCollum down after a Jae’Sean Tate drive. McCollum called for the foul but officials checking video. – 8:58 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
The contact on Jalen Green was so forceful on that drive that officials had no choice but to call the foul. – 8:57 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Portland’s 3-guard lineup 37, Rockets 38 – 8:56 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Live look at the Rockets bench pic.twitter.com/GJAeCFwP3f8:55 PM

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Garry Bird got himself a 4 piece 🎯 pic.twitter.com/xuakxGWjZx8:54 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Rockets are shooting it better, but they can’t get stops – 8:52 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets shooting 33.3 % when Blazers are not in zone, 100 percent (on three shots, all 3s) when they are in a zone. Blazers might ditch the zone. – 8:50 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Alperen Sengun gets the ball way closer to his face during his free throw routine than one probably should in these trying times – 8:44 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Blazers 32, Rockets 20: end of first quarter. 10 points, 1 assist/rebound/steal for @Anfernee Simons. 8 points, 2 assists for @CJ McCollum. 5 points, 6 rebounds for @Jusuf Nurkic. Blazers end quarter on 11-2 run to take a 12-point lead. – 8:38 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Trail Blazers 32, Rockets 20 after 1. In a rarity, Rockets offense as bad as the defense. Blazers the fifth-consecutive opponent with at least 32 first-quarter points in Toyota Center. Rockets made 7 of 21 shots, 2 of 13 3s with 9 (!!!) turnovers. – 8:37 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Rockets are down 13 after a quarter. Only thing colder than the arena is the Rockets three-point shooting – 8:37 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
End of the 1st.
Rockets: 20
Blazers: 32
@kroger | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/Zy3W7aEnTP8:37 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Rockets up to 9 turnovers and 6 made baskets after Sengun tries a behind the back pass in the lane. Blazers have scored 13 points off those turnovers and lead by 12 – 8:35 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets, with more turnovers than field goals, try D.J. Augustin. He did not play in the previous four games. – 8:34 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
It becomes incredibly obvious how little length the azz have when they do end up playing teams like Memphis who have it in droves.
Also why a guy like Robert Covington would be intriguing at the deadline. – 8:30 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Nice drive from Jalen Green. As much as is understandably made about his perimeter shooting, he seems much more effective on drives when aggressive off one leg than when gathers and goes up off two. – 8:25 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Gerald Green came out to sink the first shot tonight! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ts2yBvDq188:21 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets offense looks clunky with Porter out. They are 1 of 6 on 3s. Have scored on 2 of 11 possessions in 5 1/2 minutes. – 8:19 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Stephen Silas is working on an early technical after Wood doesn’t get a call on one end, but Nurkic does – 8:17 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
The Hawks recorded five steals and four blocks in tonight’s first quarter. It’s the first time this season the club has 5+ steals and 4+ blocks in one quarter and the first time since 1/26/19 at Portland. Atlanta’s one of only eight teams to do so this season. – 8:14 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets open with the 6-4 Jae’Sean Tate on seven-footer Jusuf Nurkic. Looks like the plan is to have Wood double him in the post. – 8:14 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Gerald Green was heckled like crazy by D.J. Augustin, Aleperen Sengun and John Lucas among others as he drained tonight’s First Shot – 8:10 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Starting 5 for the #Rockets vs the Blazers! 🚀 pic.twitter.com/RPlXiMZWJx8:09 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
There is a marching band on the court for the national anthem. If Damian Lillard was here and playing he would not be able to warm up from his customary spots. – 8:02 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Friday night 5.
1⃣ @Anfernee Simons
3⃣ @CJ McCollum
2⃣4⃣ @Norman Powell
3⃣3⃣ @Robert Covington
2⃣7⃣ @bosnianbeast27
#RipCity | @stormxio pic.twitter.com/6P4yy4oEw58:00 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
The Blazers have more players that played for the Rockets in the Bubble than the Rockets do. Robert Covington and Ben McLemore are on the Blazers and only Eric Gordon remains on the Rockets. It’s been like 16 months – 7:59 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Norm’s wearing the And1 Attack 2.0 PEs tonight 🔥
@SoleSavy | https://t.co/dUUHp9Omzg pic.twitter.com/3FQ4AGqASi7:43 PM

Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
#Rockets will start Gordon, Green, Mathews, Tate and Wood vs. Portland. – 7:38 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
#Rockets starters vs Blazers: Tate, Mathews, Wood, Gordon, Green (KPJ in health & safety protocols)
Blazers starters: Covington, Powell, Nurkic, Simons, McCollum – 7:34 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Rockets starters
Eric Gordon
Jalen Green
Garrison Mathews
Jae’Sean Tate
Christian Wood – 7:33 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets starters: Tate, Mathews, Wood, Green, Gordon.
Trail Blazers starters: Covington, Powell, Nukic, Simons, McCollum. – 7:32 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
#Rockets Christian Wood & Josh Christopher have been cleared to play tonight vs Portland – 7:26 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
Josh Christopher and Christian Wood have been cleared to play vs. Portland. – 7:23 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Elvin Hayes is in the house signing autographs! 🔥
Local artist Tay Butler has created a limited edition Elvin Hayes poster that will be available for purchase in the Corona Beach House to benefit the Clutch City Foundation and Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston. pic.twitter.com/cO1cjuNKCp7:20 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets center Christian Wood and guard Josh Christopher who were both game-time decisions have been cleared and will play against the Trail Blazers. – 7:18 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
🏀 #RipCity  vs @Houston Rockets
⌚️ 5:00PM
📺 @ROOTSPORTS_NW | https://t.co/yBftNpwWBR
📻 @RipCityRadio620 pic.twitter.com/okjxNKxci97:09 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Kevin Porter Jr is in Health and Safety Protocols: audacy.com/sportsradio610…7:00 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets put Kevin Porter Jr. in health and safety protocols houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-n… via @houstonchron – 6:58 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Feel good Friday fits 🔥
@MichelobULTRA | #ULTRADrip pic.twitter.com/l1gG0REqLR6:48 PM

David Hardisty @clutchfans
Stephen Silas said he’s trying to call less and less plays so the team “can play free” but he found himself calling more plays in the last game. He wants to make a more concerted effort to get Jalen Green going. – 6:26 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Jalen Green spent a lot of time working on his shot mechanics while he was injured and he shot the ball much better when he returned, but Stephen Silas feels he has reverted back to the release he had pre-injury – 6:23 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Stephen Silas believes Jalen Green’s shooting struggles have more to do with pace than shooting mechanics.
“It’s just a slump.”
Says Green has actually gotten away from the form that he developed with John Lucas. – 6:23 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
#Rockets HC Stephen Silas said Kevin Porter Jr. is in the health & safety protocols. – 6:21 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Kevin Porter Jr is in Health and Safety Protocols per Stephen Silas – 6:20 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Kevin Porter Jr. in health and safety protols. – 6:20 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Christian Wood and Josh Christopher are game-time decisions. – 6:20 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Christian Wood and Josh Christopher and game time decisions per Silas – 6:20 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
Coach Silas says Kevin Porter Jr. is in health & safety protocols.
Christian Wood and Josh Christopher are both game-time decisions. – 6:20 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
KPJ is in health and safety protocols. Christian Wood and Josh Christopher are both gametime decisions. – 6:20 PM
Scott Agness @ScottAgness
Three years ago: Victor Oladipo has surgery in Miami to repair a ruptured right quad tendon.
He played just 28 more games with the Pacers, then was dealt to Houston, then Miami. – 6:20 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Kevin Porter Jr. has entered health and safety protocols. – 6:20 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Officials for #Rockets #Blazers
Ben Taylor
Matt Boland
Evan Scott
The Rockets were not pleased with Scott last Friday in San Francisco – 5:41 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Former Rockets guard and Houston native Gerald Green of the RGV Vipers to talk the first shot before Rockets-Blazers. – 5:39 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
Tonight’s First Shot at the Rockets game will be taken by former Rocket (and former Rocket Assistant Coach) Gerald Green! – 5:30 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
🧢 Tonight’s @mitchell_ness Item of the Game!
📍 Purchase at the In-Arena #Rockets Team Shop or the Mitchell & Ness Kiosk on the West Concourse. pic.twitter.com/XClm8ZmDVn5:30 PM

David Hardisty @clutchfans
Jabari Smith is still my #1 choice for Houston in this Draft, but his Auburn teammate, 7’1″ Walker Kessler, is really intriguing to me with a late 1st or early 2nd-round pick. Rockets lack rim protection and he’s got real potential there. (h/t @HSTPodcast) pic.twitter.com/iXjDLg30me5:23 PM

NBA Math @NBA_Math
🔢 STAT OF THE WEEK 🔢
Somebody trade for Eric Gordon already 👀 pic.twitter.com/F0Yk96UF644:47 PM

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Flashback Friday hoops! 📀
⏰ 7:00 PM Tip-Off
📺 @ATTSportsNetSW
📻 @SportsTalk790 / En Español KLAT 1010AM pic.twitter.com/neGFsfdpj94:00 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Rockets list 3 players questionable vs. Trail Blazers ift.tt/3g6d4RT2:18 PM
Eliot Clough @EliotClough
THREAD:
New addition to the @UNIFootball coaching staff and former #Hawkeyes QB Drew Tate talking about coming to UNI on @nehawksnest podcast.
“I told (Coach Mark Farley) I will WALK to Cedar Falls from Houston, Texas to be back (in Iowa).”
#EverLoyal ⁦⁩
1/4 pic.twitter.com/BPqRnEIx272:10 PM

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