Blazers ground Rockets
The Portland Trail Blazers had the Houston Rockets number on Sunday afternoon, as they led end-to-end to defeat the team from Texas 84-67 in the third day of action at the 2010 NBA Summer League on the campus of the University of Las Vegas-Nevada.
The Rockets came into the game riding an eight-game win streak, the longest in NBA Summer League history, which dated back to the 2008 NBA Summer League, with their last loss in the desert classic coming on July 19, 2008, but couldn't continue the streak. Portland's victory came in the form of a balanced attack, with five Blazers scoring in double figures, led by Luke Babbitt's 13 points.
Houston kept the game close through one, trailing by only three points after the quarter, 19-16, but couldn't keep up with Portland's offensive efforts.
It was in the second quarter that Portland turned up the gas, outscoring Houston 26-17 in the period and extending their lead to 14 points, 45-33, going into half time on the back of Patrick Mills' eight-point quarter and teammate Jeff Pendergraph's nine points. Houston's Chase Budinger kept the Rockets within striking distance, leading all first-half scorers with 11 points, either of which came in the second quarter.
The Rockets only scored 13 points in the third quarter, falling behind by as many as 21 points. Reyshawn Terry scored eight points in the third for the Blazers, who outshot Houston 53 percent to 35 percent through the games first three periods.
Budinger led all scorers with 21 points.
The Rockets look to rebound from the loss on Tuesday, July 13, when the team takes on the New Orleans Hornets, while the Blazers look to build on the success on Tuesday, when the team plays the Toronto Raptors.