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Portland Trail Blazers shake off Houston Rockets late to win 140-129: Live updates recap logo 5/12/2021 Aaron Fentress,

The Portland Trail Blazers jumped out to a hot start early, then finally shook off the short-handed Houston Rockets late for a 140-129 win on Monday night at the Moda Center.

The Blazers set franchise records by making 12 three-pointers and scoring 50 points in the first quarter. CJ McCollum went a perfect 5 of 5 on threes and had 21 points in the quarter, while Norman Powell hit 3 of 4 threes and Damian Lillard made 2 of 3.

Portland (40-29) led by 17 after the first quarter and by 16 at halftime.

But the Rockets (16-53) wouldn’t go away. Houston made 18 of 38 threes (47.4%) and went a nearly perfect 27 of 28 from the free-throw line to stay within striking distance for much of the game. The Rockets got as close as five points early in the fourth quarter, at 116-111, but then the Blazers started pulling away.

With the win, the sixth-place Blazers moved to within a half game of the fifth-place Dallas Mavericks (40-28) and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the seventh-place Los Angeles Lakers (38-30) in the Western Conference standings. The Blazers have three games remaining in the regular season: road games Wednesday at Utah and Thursday at Phoenix before wrapping up at home Sunday against Denver.

The Blazers now have won eight of their last nine games, and Terry Stotts notched his 400th victory as Blazers coach.

Lillard led the Blazers with 34 points, while McCollum and Powell finished with 28 points apiece. Jusuf Nurkic added 22 points.

D.J. Augustin and Kelly Olynyk each scored 21 for Houston.


FINAL: The Blazers win it 140-129.

2:03: Damian Lillard drives and scores on a layup. Then Houston’s D.J. Augustin answers with a layup, and the Blazers’ lead is 138-123. The Blazers’ starters check out, and on come the bench players. The lineup is Anfernee Simons, CJ Elleby, Keljin Blevins, TJ Leaf and Harry Giles III.

4:05: CJ McCollum misses two free throws, but the Blazers still have a comfortable lead, at 134-117.

5:47: Jusuf Nurkic fouls Jae’Sean Tate, who thought it was a flagrant, but after review it is ruled a common foul. Tate makes both free throws to cut the Blazers’ lead to 130-117.

6:22: After a Jusuf Nurkic layup and a Derrick Jones Jr. fast-break dunk, the Blazers lead it 128-115 midway through the fourth quarter.

8:08: Massive dunk by Powell after he hit a free throw on the prior possession. 119-111.

9:13: Armoni Brooks makes 28-foot three to make the score 116-111. Blazers trying to blow this thing?

10:14: Lamb and Brooks hit threes for the Rockets. Portland’s lead down to 114-106.


0:00: Quarter ends with DaQuan Jeffries hitting a three to bring the Rockets to within 108-101. But Lillard came back with a step-back three to push the Blazers’ lead to 111-101. Houston won the quarter 38-32.

1:25: Khyri Thomas makes driving layup has the Rockets down 108-98.

2:27: Derrick Jones Jr. with an impressive dunk. 106-91.

4:11: Lillard hits his third three of the quarter. 100-87.

5:41: McCollum got shoved in the back while going in for what would have been a clear layup. Flagrant foul called. He made both free throws and then Nurkic scored on a dunk. Blazers up 97-82.

6:14: Lillard layup. 93-82. Still, Houston is hanging around.

6:29: Houston making a run. Got the score down to 89-82 before a Powell basket made it 91-82.

7:46: Nurkic scores after Augustin hit a three for Houston. 89-77.

8:39: Another Lillard three. 87-72.

11:33: Lillard hit a three to answer a basket from Danuel House Jr. Blazers up 82-65.


0:00: First half ends with the Blazers up 77-63. Houston won the quarter, 30-27.

McCollum has 26 points at halftime on 8 of 10 shooting while making 6 of 7 threes. Powell has 19.

2:09: A Nurkic score shortly after a McCollum three makes the score 74-61.

3:55: Houston went on an 8-3 run to make the score 67-57. Armoni Brooks just hit a three for the Rockets.

6:32: Norman Powell with a layup off a drive following a couple of free throws from Olynyk: 64-49.

7:57: A Covington three gave the Blazers a 62-45 lead. Houston called timeout.

10:45: Houston came out strong and got its deficit down to 54-40.


0:00: The final bucket of the first quarter was a three from Anfernee Simons that gave Portland a 50-33 win, I mean, lead.

Blazers set a franchise record with 50 points in a quarter. Portland shot 64.5% from the field while making 13 of 19 threes (66.7%).

McCollum scored 21 points in the quarter. Norman Powell had 17.

1:56: Lillard from Canby for three. 45-26.

3:10: McCollum hit a jumper that gave him 17 points for the quarter and then Damian Lillard made a three from Gresham. Blazers up 40-24.

4:10: McCollum hit two more threes. Blazers up 35-24. McCollum has 15 points.

5:35: Wild scoring spree just took place. McCollum hit his second three but the Rockets answered with a three from Kelly Olynyk. Then Powell nailed a three, next came a three from Augustin, then Robert Covington made a three. Blazers up 26-21.

7:34: CJ McCollum made a three and then D.J. Augustin made a layup for Houston to reduce the Blazers’ lead to 17-13. Powell already has 10 points. Lillard has not scored.

9:23: Another Powell three makes the score 12-7.

10:56: Norman Powell hits a three to give the Blazers a 7-3 lead.


The Portland Trail Blazers will play their final game this season against a team with a losing record. Then things get really serious.

How serious?

The NBA today announced changes to the broadcast schedule for the Blazers’ two other games this week, Wednesday’s at Utah and Thursday at Phoenix.

The start time for the Blazers’ game at the Jazz has been moved to 6:30 p.m. and will be aired nationally on ESPN in addition to locally on NBC Sports Northwest.

Thursday’s game at the Suns will air at 7 p.m. and air on NBC Sports Northwest and TNT.

The Blazers close the regular season Sunday at home against Denver with time to be determined. If that game has major playoff ramifications it could end up also airing on national television.

The reason for these changes is that the Blazers are locked in a tight race for playoff positioning making each remaining game ultra important.

The sixth-place Blazers (39-29) trail fifth-place Dallas (40-28) by one game and lead the seventh-place Los Angeles Lakers (38-30) by one game.

In order to catch the Mavericks and/or remain ahead of the Lakers, the Blazers probably must do something they haven’t done all season long; get wins against the Suns (48-20), Jazz (50-18) and Nuggets (44-24).

Portland is 0-6 this season against that group of teams.

Be sure to check back later for live updates during the game.


What: Trail Blazers (39-29) vs. Rockets (16-52), 7 p.m., Monday.

Where: The Moda Center.

TV channel: NBC Sports Northwest (in Portland: Comcast 37/737).

Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM)

How to watch live stream online: You can watch this game live with your cable provider login, or you can watch the game live for FREE with FuboTV (free trial). If you already have a cable package, you can watch the game live on NBC Sports NW with your cable provider login information.


Spread: Blazers by 14.5 | Spread: 238

Moneyline: Blazers (-1400) | Rockets (+800)


Blazers: F Carmelo Anthony (right ankle, sprain) and F/C Zach Collins (left ankle, stress fracture) are out.

Rockets: Kelly Olynk (right ankle; soreness) and Christian Wood (right ankle; soreness) are questionable; Avery Bradley (personal reasons), Sterling Brown (head/face; lacerations), Dante Exum (right calf; strain), Eric Gordon (right groin; strain), David Nwaba (right wrist; sprain), Kevin Porter Jr. (left ankle; sprain), John Wall (right hamstring; strain) and D.J. Wilson (health and safety protocols) are out.

NEXT UP (Blazers schedule)

The Blazers hit the road for games Wednesday at Utah (50-18) and Thursday at Phoenix (48-20) before closing the regular season at home Sunday against Denver (44-24).

— Aaron Fentress | | @AaronJFentress (Twitter), @AaronJFentress (Instagram), @AaronFentress (Facebook).

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