Jamal Crawford led the Blazers with 21 points and six assists off the bench but it was not enough to stop the hot-shooting Rockets. Chase Budinger led all scorers with 22 points to help beating the Trail Blazers 103-96 at the Rose Garden. Gerald Wallace had 20 points, nine rebounds, and five assists for Portland in the loss.
“Part of the challenge is to figure out the right combinations of players, motivating these guys, getting them to play both ways. We play in spurts.” – Nate McMillan
“In the first half, we were a step slow. Not just one or two guys; everybody was a step slow. In the second half, I could tell right away we had some more pop. But when you play catchup, you have to almost play perfect.” – Jamal Crawford