The Houston Rockets used a big second quarter to take a 60-46 lead over the Portland Trail Blazers at halftime. The Rockets used a balanced offensive attack in the first half with at least five players scoring nine points. The Rockets lead despite a tough first half from leading scorer Kevin Martin who has just two points at the break.
Chase Budinger came off the bench to lead the Rockets with 13 points. Luis Scola added 10 points while Kyle Lowry, Courtney Lee and Patrick Patterson all finished with nine. Houston hit 59 percent of its shot attempts in the first half including 7-12 shooting from three-point range. Houston recorded 20 assists on 26 made buckets in the first half.
Portland shot the ball well in the first half also but turned the ball over 12 times and wasn't able to slow down the Rockets on the defensive end of the floor. Raymond Felton leads the Blazers with nine points at the half. Gerald Wallace and Jamal Crawford each finished with eight at the intermission.