The Blazers scored 50 factors within the first quarter, setting a franchise file for scoring in a interval, and tied an NBA file for 3-pointers made in 1 / 4 with 12. CJ McCollum had 21 factors within the first as Portland constructed a 17-point lead.
McCollum completed with 28 factors and Norman Powell additionally scored 28 for the Blazers, who by no means trailed as they moved inside one-half recreation of fifth-place Dallas within the Western Convention.
“I see some stuff on Twitter, it’s simply too arduous to consider all the probabilities,” McCollum stated about potential playoff situations. “Then you definitely see who gained and who misplaced. We want two extra video games to see the place all the pieces goes to be at. I believe after our back-to-back we could have a greater thought of the place we might be.”
“I like it,” Powell stated of Portland’s closing stretch of video games with playoff seeding implications. “We management our personal future and I really like that. I’ve been part of that in Toronto a number of instances, even within the playoffs, it’s nothing new to me. I’m wanting ahead to those final three video games.”
Kelly Olynyk had 21 factors, eight rebounds and 6 assists for the NBA-worst Rockets, and D.J. Augustin additionally scored 21.
Houston withstood Portland’s early barrage and chipped away on the lead. A 3-pointer by Armoni Brooks received the Rockets inside 5 with 9:13 left, however Lillard’s 3-pointer put the Blazers again up by double digits with 7:18 remaining.
The one remorse for the Blazers was their deep reserves weren’t capable of get into the sport sooner.
“We talked about it, we wished the younger guys to get some burn,” Powell stated. “I used to be bummed just a little bit. I used to be speaking to (Carmelo Anthony) about these moments and relishing them later within the season once I was youthful. After I was a second or third-year participant, utilizing these moments to carve out a task. I used to be dissatisfied we couldn’t get the younger guys some extra minutes.”
Rockets: Had been with no host of key gamers, together with Christian Wooden. … DaQuan Jeffries was known as for a flagrant-1 foul towards McCollum within the third quarter.
Blazers: Anthony missed his second straight recreation with a sprained proper ankle. … Derrick Jones Jr. had 11 factors, three rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes. … Terry Stotts coached his 1,000th NBA recreation.
Rockets: On the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday evening.
Blazers: At Utah on Wednesday evening.