Chandler Parsons put up 31 points and recorded 10 rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to a victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, 126-113. The Rockets took quality shots, finishing 45-86 (52.3%) from the field, including 16-33 (48.5%) from beyond the arc. This is the seventh win for Houston (28-15) in its last 10 games.
Parsons finished 12-19 (3-5 from three-point range) in an efficient offensive performance. Other key players for Houston included Dwight Howard with 24 points and 12 rebounds, James Harden with 22 points and 6 rebounds, and Omri Casspi with 15 points and 8 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge had another strong performance for Portland despite the loss, putting up 27 points on 11-26 shooting from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line. He also added 20 rebounds.
Along with their eFG% of 61.6%, the Rockets connected at a rate of 48.5% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (10-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Trail Blazers are winless (0-4) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This defeat means an end to a five-game winning streak for Portland, pushing their record to 31-10 for the year.
Coming up, the Rockets square off with the Sacramento Kings, who are 14-25 on the season. The Trail Blazers match up with the Oklahoma City Thunder, currently sitting at 31-10 this year. The Rockets lost to Sacramento the last two times they've played. The Trail Blazers have won their last two meetings with Oklahoma City.