National Basketball Association
Houston 94, Portland 89
When: 10:00 PM ET, Monday, April 9, 2012
ROCKETS 94, TRAIL BLAZERS 89:
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
#11 Derrick Collins, #10 Ron Garretson, #58 Josh Tiven
Goran Dragic had 22 points and seven assists as visiting Houston won its fourth consecutive game against Portland.
The Rockets (32-25) moved 1 1/2 games behind idle Memphis (33-23) for fifth place in the Western Conference.
Chase Budinger had 15 points and Kyle Lowry, in his second game back after missing a month with a bacterial infection, had 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
Former Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby had nine points and 11 rebounds in his first return to the Rose Garden since being dealt to Houston on March 15.
Luis Scola had 12 points and seven boards and Courtney Lee scored 12 for Houston.
LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 20 points. Jamal Crawford scored 18 and Raymond Felton had 14 points and eight assists, and reserve J.J. Hickson had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
After trailing early, Portland battled back to 75-70 before the Rockets went on a 13-5 run for an 88-75 lead and held off a late Portland rally.
Starting small forward Nicolas Batum (left quadriceps) sat out the game and usual sixth man Crawford started in his place. … The Rockets shot 52.6 percent (10 of 19) from 3-point range while Portland was 6 of 21 on 3-pointers.
Top Game Performances
Goran Dragic 22
LaMarcus Aldridge 20
Goran Dragic 7
Raymond Felton 8
Marcus Camby 11
J.J. Hickson 10
Samuel Dalembert 3
||Free Throws Made
Jamal Crawford 9
Chase Budinger 3
Jamal Crawford 3
Marcus Camby 1
LaMarcus Aldridge 2
Team Stats Summary
Portland will play their next game at home against Golden State. The Trail Blazers have a W/L % of .222 after a win and .677 after a loss.
Houston will play their next game at home against Utah. The Rockets have a W/L % of .548 after a win and .577 after a loss.