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Aldridge’s 43 lifts Blazers over Rockets 112-105

Aldridge’s 43 lifts Blazers over Rockets 112-105

Fie Photo: LaMarcs Aldridge 2013. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

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KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 43 points and Damian Lillard made six free throws down the stretch to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 112-105 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night and a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

James Harden knocked down a 3-pointer with about 30 seconds left to get the Rockets within three. Lillard made two free throws before Harden fouled out about 10 seconds later. Mo Williams and Lillard both made a pair of free throws after that to secure the win.

Aldridge became the first player with consecutive 40-point games in the playoffs since LeBron James did it in May of 2009 after scoring a career-high and franchise playoff-record 46 in an overtime win in Game 1.

Dwight Howard was unstoppable early and scored 25 points in the first half, but managed just seven in the second half.

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