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News » Portland Trail Blazers Getting Inside 2009-02-24

Portland Trail Blazers Getting Inside 2009-02-24

Portland Trail Blazers Getting Inside 2009-02-24
The Trail Blazers get a big test Tuesday when they open a three-game road trip at Houston.

Portland (35-20) is 23-5 at home but only 12-15 on the road.

"It's never easy on the road, especially in Texas," Portland point guard Steve Blake said. "We have some tough teams coming up. We have to have the same confidence we do at home. We'll go out and compete and try to get some wins."

Though the Rockets are without star Tracy McGrady, they still have plenty of talent.

"You have to talk about Yao Ming first," Blake said. "They know how to play the game and they're strong defensively. Hopefully we can figure out a game plan that will score on them and be able to stop them as well."

BLAZERS 116, CLIPPERS 87: Portland led 38-16 after one quarter, ran up a 65-39 advantage at intermission and coasted to its third straight win since the All-Star break.

Blake tied the NBA record with 14 assists in the quarter, equaling the mark established by San Antonio's John Lucas in 1984 and bettering the franchise record of 13 shared by Terry Porter and Rod Strickland -- for a half.

"That's a record that ain't going to be broken for a while," said Brandon Roy, Blake's backcourt mate.

Portland coach Nate McMillan was excited that Portland had a season-high 38 assists and equaled its season-high for a regulation game with 56 points in the paint.

"We are in a zone," McMillan said. "In our last three games, we've had 20-plus assists. We're talking about the ball movement and execution we're going to need going down the stretch."

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