Dec 13, 2013 at 1am UK at ​Moda Center
FT
104
111
Q1
Q2
Q3
Q4
20
24
32
28
21
22
33
35

Result: LaMarcus Aldridge leads Portland Trail Blazers to win

LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts during the final moments of the opening night NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on October 30, 2013
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The Portland Trail Blazers improve to a 19-4 record this season with a 111-104 win over the Houston Rockets.

The Portland Trail Blazers have extended their lead in the Western Conference with a 111-104 win over the Houston Rockets.

LaMarcus Aldridge continued to be the main threat for the home side, adding 31 points and a career-high 25 rebounds as the Blazers made amends for their loss to the Rockets earlier in the season.

There was little between the two sides for the first three quarters, but Portland began to pull away early in the fourth, opening up a 10-point advantage.

Dwight Howard had kept the visitors in contention all evening, finishing the game with 32 points and 17 rebounds, while Chandler Parsons hit a three-pointer with just over seven minutes to play to leave Houston just five points down.

However, a couple of late shots from Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews clinched the victory for the Western leaders, leaving them with a 19-4 record this season, while the Rockets are currently ranked fifth in the conference.

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