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Blazers Drive Hard Early, Crash Hard Late vs. Rockets

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The undermanned and overmatched Portland Trail Blazers fought hard against the Houston Rockets on the road Monday night, keeping things competitive for about three quarters; then the playoff-hunting Rockets woke up and cruised to an easy 110-92 win.

At this point, you could almost put a template on the recaps and fill in the player and team names Mad Libs-style.

This time around, the undermanned Blazers, starting an all-rookie lineup for the second consecutive game, made their money in the first half with aggressive drives to the basket.