Trail Blazers vs Rockets Saturday, 11/03/12 AT 05:00PM

Post-Game Notes And Quotes: On The Road In Houston

  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    November 3, 2012 Portland 95, Houston 85 (OT)
    On Matthews’ value to the team
    “Wes is a warrior. He took a challenge on James Harden and was physical and tenacious. He’s as good a competitor as I've been around.”
    On James Harden
    “When you put up 45 the night before it kind of wears you out. We are friends but when its tip off time there are no friends. This is a team we will be fighting for a playoff position all year.
    On Damian Lillard’s play
    “I just told him to keep doing everything else and not concentrate on scoring. He was huge for us in overtime.”


    - Tonight’s crowd was an Opening Night sellout of 18,140. Dating back to the end of 2011-12, Houston has seven sellouts over its last 13 regular season games at Toyota Center.
    - The Rockets were outscored by a 14-4 margin in overtime and dropped a 95-85 decision to the Trail Blazers. The loss snapped Houston’s four-game winning streak (3/1/11-4/9/12) over Portland.
    - Portland went 10-of-24 (.417) from beyond the arc tonight and kept Houston to just 34-of-96 (.354) from the field, which was a near opposite of the last meeting between these two teams. In that game, Houston hit 10-of-19 (.526) from downtown and held the Trail Blazers to 33-of-83 (.398) from the floor for a 94-89 victory at Portland (4/9/12). The Rockets actually connected on just 5-of-26 (.192) from 3-point range tonight.
    - Houston grabbed another 56 rebounds tonight to follow up on a 58-rebound outing at Atlanta (11/2/12). The Rockets had nine 50-plus rebounding games all of last season (Rockets record: 6-3).
    - James Harden followed up on his record-setting opening two games with a team-high 24 points (8-24 FG, 7-10 FT) tonight, adding six rebounds and five assists. His 82 total points over his first two outings were the most scored by a player in his first two games with a team in NBA history (37 points on 10/31/12 at Detroit and a career-high 45 points on 11/2/12 at Atlanta).
    - Jeremy Lin finished with 13 points (5-13 FG), seven assists and three steals tonight. Lin tallied 21 points (6-16 FG, 7-8 FT), a career-high 10 rebounds and seven assists last night at Atlanta (11/2/12) for his first double-double of the season.
    - Omer Asik, who grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds last night at Atlanta (11/2/12), had another 15 boards tonight. Over his first two seasons with Chicago, Asik recorded nine games with 10 or more boards, but none came in consecutive outings.
    - Chandler Parsons posted nine points (4-10 FG) and a career-high 12 rebounds tonight. His previous best was 11 boards vs. Golden State (3/22/12) and 11 rebounds vs. Dallas (3/24/12).
    - LaMarcus Aldridge notched a game-high 27 points (13-29 FG), 11 rebounds, six assists and two blocks tonight. Aldridge has now scored at least 20 points in each of his last nine regular season visits to Toyota Center (20 on 11/3/07, 22 on 2/11/08, 21 on 2/24/09, 22 on 4/5/09, 27 on 10/31/09, 20 on 1/29/10, 27 on 1/5/11, 22 on 1/14/12 and 27 on 11/3/12).
    - J.J. Hickson grabbed a team-high 12 boards to go with nine points (4-10 FG) tonight. He also posted 12 points (5-11 FG) and 10 rebounds in the last meeting of 2011-12 at Portland (4/9/12).
    - Damian Lillard registered another 20 points (8-15 FG, 3-6 3FG), nine assists and six boards tonight. He came into the game as the first NBA player to score 21-plus points in each of his first two career games since LeBron James did it back in 2003. In that season, James registered just eight points in his third outing at Portland (11/1/03).
    - Wesley Matthews added 16 points (7-18 FG) and five assists tonight. He also scored 17 points (4-9 3FG) in 35 minutes of action last night at Oklahoma City (11/2/12).

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