Blazers tame Harden, Rockets in OT

After getting burned by the Spurs, Oklahoma City brushes Portland aside 106-92
Nov. 3, 2012
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Red-hot James Harden cooled off enough for the Portland Trail Blazers to take Houston into overtime Saturday night, and the Blazers then scorched the home team for a 95-85 victory.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Blazers, who held Harden to 24 points on 8-of-24 shooting from the field.

Portland got 20 points, nine assists and six rebounds from rookie Damian Lillard and held a 28-19 edge in assists by game's end.

Portland, 2-1, won despite being outscored 23-6 off the bench.



Nov. 2, 2012

The Portland Trail Blazers looked like a playoff contender for a second straight game, even if they didn't win Friday.

Oklahoma City, spurned by San Antonio the night before, got plenty of pressure from the Blazers before settling in for a 106-92 victory in their home opener.

Russell Westbrook scored 32 points, Kevin Durant added 23 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists, and Kenyon Martin tossed in 19 points off the bench to lead the defending Western Conference champions, who lost on a last-second shot to the Spurs Thursday.

Portland trailed by 1 late in the third quarter, but couldn't overcome the Thurnder's inside game and shaky outside shooting. The Blazers hit just 36 percent of their field-goal attempts, 26 of which were from 3-point territory.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 22 points and 15 rebounds, while rooking point guard Damian Lillard had 21 points and 7 assists. Portland's bench got outscored 42-15.

The Blazers, 1-1, travel to Houston Saturday to face red-hot James Harden and the Rockets.