McGrady Leads Houston Over Portland

Rockets' guard scores 35 points to help snap skid
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2008 8:29 AM CDT
Houston Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo reacts to a referee's call during the second half of their game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore. last night.   (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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(Newser) – Tracy McGrady scored 26 of his 35 points in the second half, and the Houston Rockets defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 95-88 last night, the AP reports. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for Houston. The Rockets, once atop the Western Conference with a 22-game winning streak, are currently in fifth place with the Phoenix Suns.

The Rockets have won five straight against the Blazers, including four in a row this season. No other team has beat Portland four times this season. Rookie Aaron Brooks' 3-pointer with 3:06 left made it 91-78 for Houston and all but sealed the victory, as fans started streaming out of the Rose Garden. The Blazers have now lost four straight and will miss the playoffs.