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Tuesday, November 5th (All times Eastern)

Houston Rockets (3-1) at Portland Trail Blazers (2-1), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Rockets emphatically lost their first game of the season Monday night, but will try to get back into the win column when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Rockets took their 3-0 record into game two of a western trip and got creamed by the Los Angeles Clippers 137-118. The 137 points against were the most since the Dallas Mavericks put up 156 in a double-overtime win.

Even last season's team, which ranked 28th in the NBA in opponents' scoring, didn't allow that many. This team now has a three-time Defensive Player of the Year in Dwight Howard, but it didn't matter.

The Clippers, the league's best scoring squad, thanks to Monday's outburst, scored 42 points in the first quarter and had 78 at the half.

"We couldn't get a handle on them at all tonight. They did whatever they wanted," said Rockets coach Kevin McHale. "We couldn't get our footing defensively, at all."

Howard and James Harden both got into early foul trouble and Houston never recovered.

Seven Rockets scored in double figures against the Clippers, the NBA's worst defensive team in opponents' scoring. Omri Casspi led Houston with 19 points, followed by 15 from Harden and 14 apiece from Chandler Parsons, Jeremy Lin and Francisco Garcia. Howard finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.

Tuesday's tilt with the Blazers ends a three-game stop out west.

Portland is 2-1 thanks to a great weekend. They toppled the Denver Nuggets by 15 in Denver on Friday, then came back and bested the San Antonio Spurs by 10 on Saturday.

The Blazers starters were sensational on Saturday. All five scored in double figures, led by Nicolas Batum's triple-double of 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, although he took an unnecessary, late 3-pointer to get the needed points.

"I know that's a bad thing to do," said Batum. "I don't want to disrespect this team."

Damian Lillard was Portland's leading scorer with 25 points, followed by 24 from LaMarcus Aldridge and 20 from Wesley Matthews. Robin Lopez chipped in 12 and Mo Williams had 13 off the bench.

Williams has certainly improved a woefully bad second unit, but all five Blazers starters logged over 33 minutes against San Antonio.

Houston has won six of the last eight in this series and four of its last five in Portland.

11/05 10:31:09 ET

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Schedule

Saturday, April 19Full Scoreboard
Brooklyn «94Final | Box
Toronto87
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Brooklyn leads series, 1-0.
Golden State «109Final | Box
LA Clippers105
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Golden State leads series, 1-0.
Atlanta «101Final | Box
Indiana93
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Atlanta leads series, 1-0.
Memphis21st Qtr 7:33 | Box
Oklahoma City14ESPN, YES, TSN
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
19th
NOR 1
DUR 1
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
9th
PIT 7
MIL 6
 
9th
NYM 3
ATL 4
 
7th
TAM 14
NYY 1
 
Final
MIA 7
SEA 0
6th
TEX 5
CWS 1
 
6th
LOS 8
ARI 4
 
6th
COL 3
PHI 0
 
5th
SDP 1
SFG 1
 
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
Final
IND 93
ATL 101
 
1st
OKC 14
MEM 2
 
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
2nd Intermission
PIT 3
CLB 3
 
1st
COL 0
MIN 1
 
19th
NOR 1
DUR 1