Rockets rout Blazers
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - James Harden racked up 33 points with seven rebounds and six assists as the Houston Rockets won their fourth game in a row with a 116-98 decision over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.
Jeremy Lin chipped in 22 points with eight assists and Greg Smith scored 19 for Houston, which has its longest winning streak since a five-game run from Dec.31-Jan.8.
Francisco Garcia added 11 points to fill in for Chandler Parsons, who sat with a calf injury. Houston remains one game out of sixth place in the Western Conference behind Golden State, which defeated the Phoenix Suns on Friday.
LaMarcus Aldridge's 32-point, 13-rebound performance in his return from a four-game absence with an ankle injury wasn't enough to keep the sputtering Trail Blazers from dropping a seventh straight game.
Wesley Matthews scored 18 and Damian Lillard had 11 points with seven assists in the setback.
04/06 01:26:19 ET