Houston (CBS Houston) – The situation was eerily similar to last week’s second half collapse againts Oklahoma City. The Rockets scored 70 plus first half points against a team ahead of them in the standings. But instead of stalling in the second half, the Rockets withstood Portland’s run on their way to a 126-113 victory.
“They made a run in the third quarter,” Dwight Howard said. “Instead of us complaining, we got to the bench, we talked about what we needed to do and we got a good win against a very very good team.”
Chandler Parsons flirted with a triple double scoring a season high 31 points with ten rebounds and seven assists.
“It was definitely a statement game for myself and for our team,” Parsons said. “We really wanted to get this win at home against a good team.”
Portland was able to trim the lead to six in the second half, but unlike last week, the Rockets offense didn’t stall.
“They were scoring and we were scoring in the third quarter” Kevin McHale said. “We were having a hard time stopping them, but they were having a hard time stopping us.”
With Terrence Jones sidelined, Donatas Motiejūnas got the start and contributed nine points and nine rebounds. Patrick Beverley made his return from a broken hand to score 17.
“It was fun the crowd was good. We played a good team,” Beverley said. “We played really well today we could have got some more stops, but overall we played well.”
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