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Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets are coming off a win over the New Orleans Hornets. (Photo: REUTERS)
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Jeremy Lin's Rockets climbed back to .500 on Wednesday night with a victory over the New Orleans Hornets. Houston began pulling away in the second quarter, outscoring New Orleans, 39-18. The Rockets hit six threes and shot 58 percent from the field during that frame.
Houston ultimately led by 21 early in the third quarter but nearly allowed the Hornets to come all the way back. New Orleans trailed by just two with 1:27 left before Chandler Parsons hit a 20-footer to push the lead back up to four. The Hornets had three more possessions after Parsons' shot but could not get any closer.
James Harden led the Houston Rockets on Wednesday with 30 points on 10-of-20 shooting. It was already the guard's third 30-point outing of the season and his third game in a row with at least 20 points. Before this season, Harden had never hit the 20-point mark in three consecutive games, a feat he has already accomplished twice this year.
The Trail Blazers, meanwhile, are coming off a 17-point victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. Rookie point guard Damian Lillard had 22 points and nine assists to help Portland snap a four-game losing streak.
Lillard is just the second player since the year 2000 to score at least 20 point in five of their first eight career games. He also became just the fourth player since 1985 to rack up 100 point and 40 assists in his first six career games. LeBron James, John Wall and Damon Stoudamire are the others on that list.
The Portland Trail Blazers may be just 3-5 on the season, but they could give the Rockets some trouble, particularly when Portland is on offense. The Blazers are 11th in the league in scoring, with their starting five averaging a league-high 85.1 points per game. Portland is particularly strong from long-range, with three players among the top nine in the NBA in made three-pointers.
Indeed, Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets already lost to Portland once this season, falling in overtime back on November 3. Lillard scored eight of his 20 points in that extra session, including two key three-points. Harden, meanwhile, was held to just 24 points after averaging 41 points in his first two games with the Rockets. The guard also committed a turnover in the final seconds of regulation with a chance to win the game.
The Houston Rockets still lead the all-time series with the Portland Trail Blazers, 95-77, including a sweep last season.