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Simons, Portland hand Houston another home loss, 125-110

Anfernee Simons scored 27 points, CJ McCollum had 26 and the Portland Trail Blazers handed Houston its franchise-record 10th straight home loss, beating the Rockets 125-110 on Friday night.

Jusuf Nurkic had 25 points and 13 rebounds for Portland, which had dropped two in a row. Norman Powell finished with 16 points.

It was Houston's third straight loss overall. According to STATS, the Rockets became the first team in NBA history to drop 10 straight home games by nine or more points.

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3) drives to the basket as Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, in Houston. (AP PhotoEric Christian Smith)

Houston trailed by 12 midway through the fourth before consecutive 3s from Christian Wood and Jalen Green cut the lead to 108-102.

McCollum responded for the Blazers, scoring five points in a 7-2 spurt that pushed their advantage to 115-104 with three minutes left.

Portland put together a 10-2 run, highlighted by a three-point play from Nurkic, to make it 125-110 with about a minute left.

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3) loos to pass as Houston Rockets guard Josh Christopher (9), center Alperen Sengun, left, and forward Kenyon Martin Jr. (6) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, in Houston. (AP PhotoEric Christian Smith)

Wood and Garrison Mathews had 21 points apiece for the Rockets. Wood also led the team with 15 rebounds.

McCollum scored in the final seconds of the third to give Portland a 91-83 lead, but Kenyon Martin Jr. responded with a dunk for Houston just before the buzzer.

TIP-INS

Houston Rockets center Christian Wood (35) grabs a rebound from Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, in Houston. (AP PhotoEric Christian Smith)

Blazers: Ben McLemore made four of Portland's 17 3-pointers. Robert Covington had three 3s and 13 points.

Rockets: Kevin Porter Jr. missed the game after entering health and safety protocols. ... Green and Martin had 17 points each. ... Josh Christopher added 11 points.

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Houston Rockets center Christian Wood, second from right, drives to the basket as Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, in Houston. (AP PhotoEric Christian Smith)

Blazers: Visit Chicago on Sunday.

Rockets: Host Golden State on Monday night.

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Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3) drives to the basket as Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, in Houston. (AP PhotoEric Christian Smith)