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Damian Lillard had 34 points and nine rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers ran to a 140-129 win over the Houston Rockets on Monday night.
The Blazers scored 50 points in the first quarter, set a franchise record for scoring in a period of time, and set an NBA record for 3 point points in a quarter of 12 points. CJ McCollum had 21 points in the first quarter when Portland set a 17-point record. Lead point.
McCollum finished on 28 points and Norman Powell also scored 28 for the Blazers, which never slacked off as they moved within half a game for fifth place in Dallas in the Western Conference.
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“I see some things on Twitter, it’s just too hard to think of all the possibilities,” said McCollum of possible playoff scenarios. “Then you see who won and who lost. We need two more games to see where everything will be. I think after our duel we will have a better idea of where we will be.”
“I love it,” said Powell of Portland’s final leg of play affecting playoff seeding. “We control our own destiny and I love that. I’ve been to Toronto several times, even in the playoffs, that’s nothing new to me. I’m looking forward to these last three games.”
Kelly Olynyk had 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the NBA worst rockets, and DJ Augustin also scored 21.
Houston withstood the early Portland barrage and came out on top. A 3-pointer from Armoni Brooks brought the Rockets 9:13 within five, but Lillard’s 3-pointer brought the Blazer up two digits at 7:18.
The only regret for the Blazers was that their deep reserves couldn’t come into play sooner.
“We talked about it, we wanted the young people to get burned,” Powell said. “I was a little baffled. I spoke to (Carmelo Anthony) about those moments and enjoyed them later in the season when I was younger. When I was a sophomore or third year player, I used those moments to make one To work out the role. ” I was disappointed that we couldn’t get the young people in a few minutes. “
Rockets: Goods without a variety of key players, including Christian Wood. … DaQuan Jeffries was called to an obvious 1 foul on McCollum in the third quarter.
Blazer: Anthony missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle. Derrick Jones Jr. had 11 points, three rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes. … Terry Stotts trained his 1000th NBA game.
Missiles: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.
Blazer: On Wednesday night in Utah.