Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/4/12
Fear The Beard? Not PDX The Portland Trail Blazers have impressed early in the 2012-13 season, and that trend was no different on the road against the Houston Rockets. Both teams are now 2-1 on the season, but only the Blazers escaped Saturday night with a hard-fought victory. The final score was 95-85 in Portland’s favor, and there were a handful of key elements to the victory that the team must implement as their road trip continues against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. Matthews had a clutch defensive play against Harden last night. Photo: AP Defense The Blazers played their first exemplary defensive game on Saturday, as they held the Rockets to just 85 points after they’d averaged 107 per game early in the year. Portland recorded eight blocks in the victory, which was outstanding compared to the 2.5 per-game-averaged they’d posted in the first two games. James Harden entered the game averaging a league-high 41 points per contest, and while the 24 points he scored against Portla...
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