NBA: Trail Blazers hold off Houston Rockets
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points and pulled down 14 rebounds Wednesday as Portland held off the Houston Rockets for a 105-100 NBA win.
Nicolas Batum had 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Robin Lopez contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who have won six of their last seven games.
Corey Brewer finished with 23 points for Houston, who saw a two-game winning streak snapped.
After Aldridge scored five straight points to stretch Portland`s lead to 89-79 early in the fourth quarter, Brewer took over.
With team-mate James Harden struggling, Brewer scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to keep Houston in it.
A three-pointer from Brewer with 49.9 seconds left pulled the Rockets within three, and he trimmed the deficit to one after picking off Damian Lillard at midcourt and driving for a dunk.
Portland`s Aaron Afflalo made two free throws to rebuild Portland`s lead to three with 12.7 seconds left, and after Brewer missed a potential game-tying three-pointer Lillard sealed the win with two free throws.
Harden, who scored a combined 89 points in the previous two games against the Blazers this season, was held to 18 points on 7-of-19 shooting.
Before the game, Portland players showed their support for team-mate Wesley Matthews, who had surgery on Wednesday to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon, by wearing T-shirts bearing the legend "With Wes."
The 28-year-old shooting guard was injured last week and will miss the rest of the season.