Trail Blazers vs. Rockets Game 5 Audio
Tonight's Calls Of The Game:The Wesley Matthews Show
The hostile environment in Houston did not slow down Wesley Matthews. By the end of the night, Matthews will set a couple of personal records.
Tonight's Calls Of The Game: First Half Highlights
Houston led by three after the first quarter and used an 11-0 run to start the second quarter and went up 41-27. The Rockets continued to build the lead, but the Trail Blazers fought hard and got within seven. Portland closed the first half with a 14-5 run. Damian Lillard scored eight points and cut Houston's lead to 56-48 at halftime.
Tonight's Calls Of The Game: Trail Blazers' Giants Score
The Batum & Lopez duo showed off their skills and how effectively they utilize their height under the basket. Lopez scored 17 points tonight, while Batum added 15.
Tonight's Calls Of The Game: Ro-Lo Keeps The Trail Blazers Going
Not only did Robin Lopez record four offensive and four defensive rebounds tonight, but his 17 points fueled the Trail Blazers' momentum especially in the second half.
Tonight's Calls Of The Game: Second Half Highlights
Portland cut Houston's lead to one three times in the fourth quarter, but could never get over the hump. The Rockets slowed down LaMarcus Aldridge and limited him to eight points. The top scorers for the Trail Blazers were Wesley Matthews (27) and Damian Lillard (26). Damian Lillard is the first player with 125+ points and 35+ assists in first 5 career playoff games since Tim Hardaway (April 25-May 5, 1991). The Trail Blazers are leading the series 3-2 against the Rockets and play the next game in Portland on Friday at 7:30 on ESPN, KGW, and 620 AM.
Tonight's Calls Of The Game: Wesley Matthews Post Game Interview
Wesley Matthews has scored a new playoff career-high 27 points (25, 4/21/11 vs. Dallas). He had 18 points in the third quarter alone. He also tied his career high (regular season or playoffs) with three blocked shots (4/13/10). Matthews can also add another honor to his list of athletic successes: he tied a Trail Blazers playoff record with four 3-pointers in a quarter (Porter-1994, Fernandez-2010, Matthews-2011).