04/23 23:42 CDT Aldridge's 43 lifts Blazers over Rockets 112-105
Aldridge's 43 lifts Blazers over Rockets 112-105
AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON (AP) --- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 43 points and Damian Lillard made six
free throws down the stretch to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 112-105 win
over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night and a 2-0 lead in the first-round
James Harden knocked down a 3-pointer with about 30 seconds left to get the
Rockets within three. Lillard made two free throws before Harden fouled out
about 10 seconds later. Mo Williams and Lillard both made a pair of free throws
after that to secure the win.
Aldridge became the first player with consecutive 40-point games in the
playoffs since LeBron James did it in May of 2009 after scoring a career-high
and franchise playoff-record 46 in an overtime win in Game 1.
Dwight Howard was unstoppable early and scored 25 points in the first half, but
managed just seven in the second half.