Jeremy Lin And The Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Watch Live TV Stream Online For Free; Preview

By Staff Reporter, Posted: 02/08/13 11:15AM EST

Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets face the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. The game will be broadcast live locally at 8 p.m., ET, and you can also watch a live stream online for free here, but please click on that link at your own risk.

Houston dropped to 27-24 after a loss to the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. The Rockets trailed by 17 points in the second half but crawled back to make it a one-possession game in the fourth quarter. However, Miami's Dwyane Wade blocked James Harden's three-point attempt with 11 seconds remaining to essentially seal the win.

Harden had a difficult game defensively, per ESPN Stats and Info. Miami stars Wade and LeBron James made 69.2 percent of their shots on Wednesday when being guarded by Harden.

Still, the Rockets have been going strong offensively this season as well. Houston still ranks second in the NBA in scoring and tied a record for made three-pointers during a victory over the Golden State Warriors earlier this week. According to the Associated Press, Houston made 23 threes in that game, but Golden State players fouled the Rockets late in that contest to prevent the record from being broken.

Jeremy Lin had a career-high five of those three pointers. Some felt that the Rockets were in poor taste attempting so many threes with a big lead. However, Lin said he had a bigger issue with teammate Patrick Beverley's stare-down of the Warriors bench after a late dunk.

"The only thing I think we need to apologize for was just the reaction after the dunk," Lin told the San Jose Mercury News. "To be honest, that wasn't totally classy on our behalf."

Houston will look to rebound from Wednesday's loss with a matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers. Portland is coming off a six-point loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

The Rockets are also hoping to avoid a third straight loss to the Trail Blazers. According to, Portland has not beaten Houston three straight times in one season since 2002-02.

The Trail Blazers' first victory came in overtime back on November 3. Harden led Houston with 24 points, while Jeremy Lin added 13 along with seven assists. However, it was not enough to overcome 27 points from Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge and 20 points from guard Damian Lillard.

In the second matchup, Lillard scored 16 of Portland's final 21 points in the overtime win. Forward Nicolas Batum, meanwhile, added 35 on 13-of-19 shooting.

Harden once again led the Rockets in that contest, though all five Houston started scored in double figures. Forward Chandler Parsons, center Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin each racked up double-doubles as well.

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