NBA Daily Blog: Rockets beat the Blazers in Rip City 94-89.

 Marcus Camby takes a shot over LaMarcus Aldridge
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The Houston Rockets continue their road trip with another victory, this time against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden 94-89. The Rockets improve to 4-0 in their road trip as they maintain hold of the 6th seed at 32-25, 1 game ahead of the Mavericks and Nuggets, and 1.5 game behind the 5th seeded Grizzlies. The Trail Blazers drop to 27-31 and are 4.5 games behind the 8th seed.

Recently named Western Conference Player of the Week Goran Dragic led the Rockets with 22 points and 7 assists. Chase Budinger scored 15, Kyle Lowry scored 13. Luis Scola and Courtney Lee each scored 12. Former Blazer Marcus Camby added 9 points and 11 rebounds.

LaMarcus Aldrige led the Trail Blazers with 20 points. Jamal Crawford scored 18. Raymond Felton added 14 points and 8 assists. J.J. Hickson had a double-double 12 points and 10 rebounds.

In Charlotte, the Washington Wizards take a blowout victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at the Time Warner Cable Arena 113-85. 7 Washington players are in double figures led by Jordan Crawford with 20, Cartier Martin with 19, James Singleton with a double-double 18 points and 12 rebounds, Roger Mason Jr. with 17, Jan Veseley and Shelvin Mack with 11, and Kevin Seraphin with 10. John Wall dished out 12 assists. Corey Maggette led the Bocats with 23 points off the bench. Kemba Walker had 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists.

In Orlando, the Orlando Magic without their star Dwight Howard beat the Detroit Pistons in a blowout at the Amway Center 119-89. All Orlando starters finished in double figures with Jason Richardson leading the way with 22 points, J.J. Redick scored 20, Jameer Nelson added 18 points and 9 assists, Glen Davis had a double double 16 points and 16 rebounds, returning three-point marksman Ryan Anderson scored 14. Tayshaun Prince led the Pistons with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Ben Gordon added 11.

In Indianapolis, the Indiana Pacers hold off the Toronto Raptors at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse 103-98. Danny Granger and Geroge Hill led the Pacers with each scoring 18 points. Paul George scored 15. Leandro Barbosa added 14. Linas Kleiza led the Raptors with 18 points off the bench. Rookie guard-forward Alan Anderson scored 17. Amir Johnson added 16 points and 7 rebounds. Jose Calderon dished out 14 assists.

In Milwaukee, the Oklahoma City Thunder cruise to a 20 point victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center 109-89. Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 26 points and 7 rebounds. Kevin Durant added 19 points and 8 assists. James Harden scored 16. Thabo Sefolosha added 14 points and 7 steals. Serge Ibaka added 13 points and 5 blocks. Ersan Ilyasova led the Bucks with 18 points. Drew Gooden scored 14 and Brandon Jennings added 13 points.

In Memphis, the Memphis Grizzlies knock off the Los Angeles Clippers at the FedExForum 94-85. Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Rudy Gay added 16 points and 6 rebounds. Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo each scored 13. Marreese Speights added 12 points and 8 rebounds. Zach Randolph had a double-double 10 points and 12 rebounds. Chris Paul led the Clippers with 21 points. Blake Griffin added 19. DeAndre Jordan had a double-double 14 points and 14 rebounds (10 of them offensive rebounds).

In New Orleans, the Los Angeles Lakerswin a thriller against the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena 93-91. The Lakers were without Kobe Bryant as he misses his 2nd game in row with a shin injury. Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Andrew Bynum with a double-double 18 points, and 11 rebounds. Ramon Sessions scored 17. Marco Belinelli and Carl Landry led the Hornets with each scoring 20 points. Greivis Vasquez had a double-double 18 points and 11 assists. Chris Kaman scored 16.

In Minneapolis, the Phoenix Suns win in a blowout against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center 114-90. Rookie Markieff Morris led the Suns with 21 points. Shannon Brown added 17 points and 7 rebounds. Steve Nash and Sebastian Telfair each scored 14. Michael Redd scored 13. Kevin Love led the Timberwolves with a double-double 25 points and 13 rebounds. J.J. Barea scored 16. Michael Beasley scored 12.

In Denver, the Denver Nuggets win by 39 points against the Golden State Warriors at the Pepsi Center 123-84. Rookie forward Kenneth Faried led 7 Nuggets players in double figures with a season high and a double-double 27 points and 17 rebounds. Arron Afflalo and Danilo Gallinari each scored 15. JaVale McGee and Corey Brewer each scored 13. Ty Lawson and Al Harrington each scored 10. Andre Miller dished out 12 assists. Rookie guard Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 17 points. Nate Robinson scored 16.

In Salt Lake City, the Utah Jazz pulled an upset against the San Antonio Spurs at the EnergySolutions Arena 91-84. Devin Harris led the Jazz with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Paul Millsap had a double-double 18 points and 10 rebounds. Gordon Hayward scored 16. Al Jefferson also finished with a double-double 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Spurs who did not play their three stars Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili were led by Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal who each scored 14 points. DeJuan Blair scored 13.

In other news, the Lamar Odom saga in Dallas has come to an end. The Mavericks and Odom who came to Dallas as the reigning Sixth Man of the Year have decided to part ways after the dismal stint with the Mavericks. Odom, just before the lockout last year, was brought to Dallas from the Los Angeles Lakers where he was part of two championships teams with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010.

STANDINGS AS OF 4/10/12 (13:21 PHT)

1. Thunder (nw) 42-15, 2. Spurs (x) 40-15, 3. Lakers 36-22, 4. Clippers 34-23, 5. Grizzlies 33-23, 6. Rockets 32-25, 7. Mavericks 31-26, 8. Nuggets 31-26, 9. Suns 30-27, 10. Jazz 30-28, 11. Trail Blazers 27-31, 12. Timberwolves 25-33, 13. Warriors 22-34, 14. Kings (o) 19-38, 15. Hornets (o) 15-42
1. Bulls (x) 43-14, 2. Heat (x) 40-15, 3. Pacers 35-22, 4. Celtics 32-24, 5. Hawks 34-23, 6. Magic 34-23, 7. Knicks 29-27, 8. 76ers 29-27, 9. Bucks 28-29, 10. Pistons 21-36, 11. Nets 21-37, 12. Raptors (o) 20-38, 13. Cavaliers 18-36, 14. Wizards (o) 13-44, 15. Bobcats (o) 7-48

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