ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Houston has a LaMarcus Aldridge problem.
The Trail Blazers’ All-Star forward has been dominating with more than 40 points in each of the opening two playoff games between the two teams in Houston.
Portland is up 2-0 as the series moves to Rip City on Friday night, giving the Rockets little time to figure out how to defend Aldridge.
He opened the playoffs with a franchise postseason-best 46 points in the Blazers’ 122-120 overtime victory, then followed it up with 43 points in the 112-105 win on Wednesday night.
Aldridge found success in the paint in the opener so the Rockets adjusted — but so did Aldridge, who went outside to pepper Houston with midrange jumpers. Thirteen of his 18 field goals came from 10 feet out or more.
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