The Portland Trail Blazers were more hungry for a win in the first half against the Houston Rockets in Wednesday’s match at the Toyota Center. But Houston pulled off a sensational win in the OT. The Rockets finally won 108-103 to improve to 5-7. The Blazers led 46-35 at halftime.
The Blazers had a 6-game losing streak and have registered an ordinary 4-8 win record this season so far. The Rockets also suffered several early jolts, and a 4-7 start coerced them to fire head coach Kevin McHale on Wednesday just ahead of this game.
The Rockets were slightly ahead at the end of the first quarter. Meyers Leonard of Houston is ruled out due to an injury. Man in form Damian Lillard is injured, too.
End of First Quarter: Rockets lead 22-21
The Blazers came back sharply to take a convincing lead at halftime.
Halftime: Blazers lead 46-35
The match is keenly contested as both teams are desperate to overcome their early-season woes and improve the win record.
End of third quarter: Rockets extend lead to 76-61
But the game is going to the wire in the final quarter, as the Rockets bounced back sharply to narrow the margin. Houston bounced back to take 38-23 lead in the final session to tie at 99-99 in the penultimate minute of the game.
It’s going to be anybody’s game in the final minutes. And the Rockets thrived, kept their momentum of the final quarter intact. It was 99-99 at the end of the final quarter. Rockets stretched to 108-103 by outscoring Portland 9-4 in the OT.