Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 12/11

Game 1: Sunday, December 11th
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Game 2: Sunday, March 5th
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Game 3: Wednesday, April 5th
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Rockets 100

(7-12, 4-6 away)

Trail Blazers 86

(6-14, 4-6 home)

Coverage: FSSW

6:00 PM ET, December 11, 2005

Moda Center, Portland, OR

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 24 23 21 32100
POR 20 22 15 2986

Top Performers

Hou: T. McGrady 35 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk

Por: S. Telfair 17 Pts, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

McGrady's 35 lifts Rockets over Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Tracy McGrady matched his season high with 35 points and added seven rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to a 100-86 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

McGrady's driving dunk early in the fourth quarter made it 72-57.

Sebastian Telfair's steal and layup pulled the Blazers to 78-71, but Portland -- losers of seven of its last eight games -- couldn't get any closer.

David Wesley's layup with 1:45 left gave the Rockets an 89-77 lead and many fans at the Rose Garden Arena started streaming toward the exits.

Since McGrady returned from a strained back, the Rockets have won three straight and four of their last five -- including a 106-95 victory Thursday night in Sacramento.

Without McGrady, who has been nagged by back pain since the start of the season, Houston is 0-8.

Houston has won eight straight meetings with Portland, including a pair of visits to the Rose Garden last season.

Houston center Yao Ming fouled out with 5 minutes left. He had nine points and five rebounds. Wesley and Stromile Swift each had 11 points.

Zach Randolph had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers, who shot just 38 percent from the floor. Telfair had 17 points.

The Blazers had lost six in a row before a 98-95 victory Friday night against visiting New Orleans.

Portland got a scare early when Telfair left the game with a sprained right thumb. He came out in the second half with his hand taped.

The Blazers are already depleted with leading scorer Darius Miles out with a knee injury that will require minor surgery.

The two teams kept it close in the first half, but Derek Anderson's 19-foot jumper at the buzzer gave Houston a 47-42 lead at the break.

Rookie Martell Webster's 3-pointer pulled the Blazers to 49-47, but the Rockets began to pull away, going on a 12-4 run capped by Wesley's fast-break layup that made it 61-51.

Game notes

Blazers center Theo Ratliff missed his second straight game with a foot injury. ... Anderson, who played four seasons in Portland before he was waived in the offseason, was greeted with friendly applause from the sparse crowd. ... McGrady has had 35 points three times this season.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 100 86
FGM-FGA 36-79 (.456) 30-79 (.380)
3PM-3PA 3-14 (.214) 9-21 (.429)
FTM-FTA 25-32 (.781) 17-29 (.586)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-43 17-46
Assists 21 17
Turnovers 7 16
Steals 10 4
Blocks 6 2
Fast Break Points 16 9
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (0/1) 29 (0/0)
Largest Lead 15 4

Top Performers

Tracy McGrady McGrady
Points: 35
Reb: 7
Ast: 4
Stl: 3
Blk: 2
Sebastian Telfair Telfair
Points: 17
Reb: 0
Ast: 3
Stl: 1
Blk: 0