No Harden, no problem as Rockets edge Trail Blazers

No Harden, no problem as Rockets edge Trail Blazers”

Chris Paul angered Damian Lillard as he inspired the Houston Rockets to a 121-112 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, while Kevin Durant celebrated a milestone but reigning National Basketball Association champions the Golden State Warriors lost.

Point guard Damian Lillard, who has missed seven of the last nine games with multiple right leg ailments, has been upgraded to questionable for the Blazers' 5 p.m. matchup at Houston.

Paul continued to step up his game in James Harden's absence.

The Rockets narrowly defeated the Blazers 124-117 back on December 9, after trailing by 14 at the start of the fourth quarter. Markkanen drained eight three-pointers, which tied Dirk Nowitzki for the most in a game by a seven-footer in National Basketball Association history. On the other side, the over is a ideal 7-0 in the Rockets' last seven home games, is 11-5-1 in their last 17 games overall, and is 9-1 in their last 10 conference games. Lillard's triple with 3:47 left in the quarter brought the Blazers back to within five, but the quarter ended with the Rockets leading 86-77. The play resulted in a technical issued to Paul as Lillard sank both the foul shot and the technical.

Things got interesting late in the fourth quarter, with Portland getting the Rockets lead down to three points a couple of times.

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Trail Blazers: Lillard had eight assists and five rebounds and made 10 of 12 free throws.

Houston led 25-19 after one quarter and 55-45 at halftime.

Rockets: Black tied a season high with 13 points.

Trail Blazers: Visit New Orleans on Friday.

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