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Howard, Lin lead Rockets over Blazers

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSPortland Trail Blazers' Wesley Matthews, right fell from Houston Rockets' Jeremy Lin in the first half of Game 5 on Wednesday, in Houston.
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    Portland Trail Blazers' Wesley Matthews, right fell from Houston Rockets' Jeremy Lin in the first half of Game 5 on Wednesday, in Houston.

HOUSTON » Dwight Howard had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Jeremy Lin came off the bench to score 21 points and help the Houston Rockets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 108-98 on Wednesday night to avoid elimination.

The Trail Blazers lead the first-round series 3-2 entering Game 6 on Friday in Portland.

A basket by Damian Lillard got the Trail Blazers within two points before James Harden stepped back and swished a 3-pointer to make it 103-98 with about three minutes left.

Harden’s shot was the start of a 12-0 Houston run to close it out. He finished with 17 points and seven assists.

Houston finally slowed down LaMarcus Aldridge, limiting him to eight points, after he averaged 35.3 points in the first four games. Wesley Matthews led the Blazers with 27 points and Lillard added 26.

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