In the absence of James Harden, Chris Paul did the job with 37 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists (record in season). The Rockets got ahead at the end of the first quarter and were never joined again until the end of the match.
The start of the match is balanced, the two teams are tied 19-19. The Rockets finish the first period on a 6-0 and lead 25-19 at the start of the second.
Houston has up to 14 points 51-37 ahead, pocketing the second quarter 30-26 and leading at halftime 55-45.The second period is one-way, although Portland returns to 3 points 105-102 at 3 ‘of the term. But Chris Paul and Clint Capela allow the Rockets to keep their lead up to the buzzer.
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