The Blazers headed to Houston to start yet another road trip, the first of three straight games on the road.
The Rockets were heavily favored in this one, but games aren't played and decided by Vegas betting odds.
The Blazers jumped on the Rockets early. Portland led after the first quarter and had a double-digit lead by halftime.
In his first game in Houston since being let go by the team last season, Carmelo Anthony balled out. The Blazes power forward scored 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting, adding 12 rebounds as well.
Damian Lillard had a near triple-double with 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists, and CJ McCollum dropped 24 points of his own.
The real story here was the team's defense on Rockets star James Harden. Portland held Harden to just 3 of 12 shooting and a season-low 13 points.
The Rockets tried to mount a comeback more than once, but every time they did the Blazers had an answer.
Final Score in Houston: Blazers 117 - Rockets 107
Carmelo Anthony on return to Houston:
I kind of got past all of that -- the time that I was off, the time that I did have to kind of think about that situation. And, I had dealt with every emotion that you could think about -- trying to figure out why, questioning myself at the beginning -- working so hard to get past that and kind of be at peace with that.
Damian Lillard on game plan vs James Harden:
We gave him a lot of attention...We pretty much decided we were going to live with somebody else beating us and it turned out to be a pretty good game plan. Our coaches came up with a great defensive game plan.
Damian Lillard on the win:
We just had good fight, we had good energy, and a good presence about us, I think. Even in our meeting today, we kind of talked through stuff. Before the game, it was pretty quiet. You can tell, coming off the win against Charlotte – we came into this trip wanting to start off on the right foot and I thought our effort on the floor showed that.
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