Posted February 07, 2013 on AP on Fox
One night after putting on a remarkable shooting display, the Houston Rockets came up short against the defending champions their last time out. Getting back on track could prove difficult against a Portland Trail Blazers team that's had their number thus far. The Rockets return home looking to avoid a third consecutive loss to the Trail Blazers on Friday night. While Houston (27-24) tied an NBA record with 23 3-pointers and posted its most points in 18 seasons Tuesday in a 140-109 rout of Golden State, it got all it could handle at Miami on Wednesday. James Harden had 36 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Rockets, who lost 114-108 after falling behind by as many as 17 in the third quarter. "We had a tough run scoring the basketball," Harden said. "We even got stops, but the big plays where we needed to make a play, they got stops - so that was the difference in the ballgame." Houston also had its hands full in two overtime defea...
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