Wheels come off as Rockets suffer embarrassing home loss to Blazers

The Blazers have been hot lately, winning 9 of their last 12 games and sitting just outside of the playoff picture, so this was a big game for the Rockets. They didn't play like it was. Portland humiliated the Rockets 96-79 at Toyota Center, dropping Houston to 27-26 on the season. The Rockets used a late run in the fourth to make it a closer game but they trailed by as many as 32 in this one. The offense was as ugly as it has ever been. Up until there were two minutes left in the first half, only three Rockets had scored at all (James Harden, Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza) and it wasn't until early fourth quarter that a fifth Rockets player had even entered the scoring column. The Rockets missed 21 of their first 24 three-point attempts, finishing 7-36 on the night. Harden finished with 33 points on 7-18 shooting, but turned it over 10 times. In fact, the Rockets coughed it up 23 time, leading to 30 Blazer points.

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