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Blazers return home with a 2-0 advantage

Blazers return home with a 2-0 advantage

The Moda Center in Portland, Ore.,Thursday Dec. 12, 2013. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens

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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