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Rip City R!SE Entry 5 
Posted on December 3, 2012 at 07:07 PM.

Houston, We Have A Solution

Thomas records first triple-double, leading Blazers to 112-104 victory

Portland Trailblazers at Houston Rockets
Nov 4, 20121ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Portland (2-1)36213025112
Houston (0-3)27262724104
Portland Trailblazers
Damian Lillard337-120-24-45410118
Wesley Matthews202-60-01-1332015
Donte' Thomas357-100-16-6111400420
J.J. Hickson334-90-03-411210111
Lamarcus Aldridge374-103-70-05212019
Delonte' West267-91-10-01100015
Randy Foye224-103-70-01000111
Jajuan Johnson153-50-01-3510107
Tyler Honeycutt101-31-11-2100004
Meyers Leonard51-10-00-0300002
Elliot Williams-- DID NOT PLAY --
Will Barton-- DID NOT PLAY --
TEAM TOTALS48-855-1217-214827538112
Houston Rockets
Jeremy Lin363-71-13-54300010
James Harden396-223-96-63920221
Chandler Parsons335-91-20-05420111
Patrick Patterson327-110-13-45300017
Omer Asik343-60-02-21011018
Marcus Morris175-110-12-33101012
Carlos Delfino183-41-12-2451019
Toney Douglas152-51-20-0220105
Donatas Montiejunas153-50-00-0100006
Daequan Cook62-41-20-0100005
Terrence Jones10-00-00-0000000
Cole Aldrich-- DID NOT PLAY --
TEAM TOTALS39-848-1918-224629626104

2 Hours Ago by Martellus Clark | ESPNportland
HOUSTON -- The Blazers won their first road game of the season tonight, defeating the Rockets 112-104 in Houston a night after losing in Oklahoma City. Led by Thomas's first triple double of the season {16th of career} the Blazers were able to hold off Houston's late rally attempt, after failing at that task against the Thunder.

The Blazers shot a season-high 52% from the field tonight, and had 6 players in double figures in scoring, including newly signed G Delonte' West (signed for 2 year/8.34 million) who finished with 15 points, on 7-9 shooting. Coach Stotts had this to say about the addition of West.

"He's a great ball player, and he gives us exactly what we need coming off the bench, he can score, he can play defense, and now he gives us another option of our closing lineup as well. He looked good out there, we'll teach him the system, get him a couple plays out there, so I think he'll be fine."

{That closing lineup Coach Stotts is talking about? The Blazers have used a different closing lineup in each game this season. Lakers: Lillard, Matthews, Thomas, Aldridge, Leonard. Thunder: Lillard, Matthews, Thomas, Hickson, Aldridge. Rockets: Lillard, West, Matthews, Thomas, Aldridge.}

The Blazers started the game off on a 9-0 run but couldn't seem to stop the Rockets from scoring runs, giving up multiple 8-0 runs. The Rockets hung around seemingly all game, as the 2nd unit provided them with efficient play, hustle and tough defense, also putting up 36 points in the process.

"We did a good job today of keeping them off the glass, we knew with Asik and Patterson, amongst others, they were gonna crash and possibly get around 15 offensive rebounds, I'm not sure how many they finished with, but our guys did a good job of boxing out and not giving up too many second chance points," Head Coach Terry Stotts said.

"Overall, it's our 3rd consecutive game giving up 100, and I don't like that all. We have to tight up defensively, I'll try to slow the offensive tempo down because we have the tools defensively to keep teams shooting 42-45% and at the same time, we have the tools to be able to score 110 points a game, we have the weapons, so we're going to have to find a balance. We've proved we can win the 110-105 type games, but championship teams don't give up 107 points a game, and that's what we need to not to.

It's a process."

Game Notes
Head Coach Terry Stotts was accessed with a technical foul for arguing with a referee about a non-call in the 3rd quarter.


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