Behind Ron Artest and Yao Ming, the Rockets cruised past the Blazers 92-76 in Game 6, advancing out of the first round for the first time since the 1996-97 season. Next up for Houston: the top-seeded Lakers. Watch Now
Yao Ming went nine-for-nine from the field (and six-for-six at the line) as Houston rolled over Portland in Game 1.
True to form, the Blazers went into the second half with the lead and never looked back as Brandon Roy notched 42 points to tie the series at 1-1.
Luis Scola scored 19 points and the Rockets bottled up Brandon Roy in an 86-83 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night that gave Houston a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.
Shane Battier delivered at both ends, hitting a pair of clutch 3-pointers late in the fourth and blocking Brandon Roy's shot.
The Blazers live to play another day as they prevented the Rockets from locking up a second-round berth. Portland won 88-77 on Tuesday night.
Houston reached the second round for the first time since 1997, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 92-76 in Game 6.
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