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Rockets defeat Blazers 116-98

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 6, 2013 at 1:26 am •  Published: April 6, 2013

Lin said the key was ball movement.

"If you look at the games we build leads, ball movement is what we do," he said. "Then you look at the games we give up leads and that (ball movement) is what we fail to do. It's pretty clear to us we can be two different teams, one that moves the ball and one that doesn't."

Rockets rookie Terrence Jones made his first appearance as a pro in his native Portland, playing for 14 minutes. Jones led Jefferson High School to three straight Oregon state titles before going to Kentucky, where he was part of the Wildcats' NCAA championship team last season.

Before the game, Jones was asked how many tickets he requested. "A lot," he said.

It was Jones' 13th appearance this season. He had 14 points in Wednesday night's win over the Kings.

Aldridge appeared healthy after missing four games because of a right ankle sprain. But the Blazers were still without Nicolas Batum, who has missed two games with a sore right shoulder. Victor Claver started in his absence.

Aldridge, who leads the NBA with seven games with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds, didn't agree with Matthews' assessment that the Blazers lacked heart.

"I think the effort was there," Aldridge said. "We've just got to play smarter."

Notes: Blazers guard Damian Lillard on Friday won the league's Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors for the fifth straight month. He is the only Blazer to win the honor five times, and he's the first NBA player to win it the first five months of the season since Blake Griffin in 2010-11. The 6-foot-3 point guard averaged 21.3 points, 6.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds in March. ... Blazers forward Sasha Pavlovic made his first appearance in a game for Portland since late February. ... It was Houston's 11th consecutive game with 100 more points. ... The two teams split the season series with two wins apiece.