The Houston Rockets playoff aspirations began on a sour note Sunday night with a two point overtime loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Though leading the contest most of the game the Rockets allowed the Trail Blazers to erase a 13 point lead with 10 minutes remaining in regulation.
The resulting overtime period was a heated affair that saw both teams lose key players to foul trouble. When all was said and done the score was 122-120 in favor of the Trail Blazers.
The star of the night for Portland was not so surprisingly LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge set a Trail Blazers playoff record with 46 points on 17 for 31 shooting. Aldridge also added 18 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocked shots. The Trail Blazers second year point guard Damian Lilliard also impressed with 31 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.
Bright spots for the Houston Rockets on this disappointing night were the 27 points scored both by shooting guard James Harden and Center Dwight Howard. Forward Chandler Parsons also played well adding 24 points and 6 rebounds.