The Portland Trail Blazers were getting the best of most of their individual match-ups in the first half of their 122-120 Game 1 victory versus the Rockets in Houston Sunday night. And while focusing on positional one-to-one’s isn’t the best way to gauge a player’s performance, rotations do get shorter and starters tend to play more minutes in the playoffs, resulting in individual match-ups taking on an added significance in the postseason.
There was Damian Lillard tallying 12 points, three rebounds and two assists before the intermission, more than the combined output of Rockets point guards Patrick Beverly and Jeremy Lin.
Lillard’s back court partner, Wesley Matthews, couldn’t match James Harden’s six first-half assists. But the Iron Man outscored The Bearded One 9-7 in the first half, which was an unqualified success for both Matthews and the Trail Blazers.
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