PORTLAND, Ore. – LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Nicolas Batum added a season-high 21 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Houston Rockets 100-85 Sunday night for their eighth straight win at home.
Patrick Mills had a career-high 14 points, five assists and five steals for Portland. Wesley Matthews added 14 and Marcus Camby had 13 rebounds and season-high eight assists.
Kevin Martin had 15 points to lead the Rockets, who were held well below their season average of 106 points per game. Courtney Lee added 12 points. Luis Scola, Aaron Brooks and Chase Budinger each had 10.
Portland, on its longest winning streak at home since a 12-game run from Jan. 24 to March 9, 2009, has struggled with injuries, most notably to All-Star Brandon Roy but is 12-3 at the Rose Garden this season. After a three-game road trip that begins Tuesday at Dallas, the Blazers will be back for nine of the next 11 at home.
The Rockets, coming off a 114-105 win over Toronto on Friday night, play the second game of a back-to-back Monday at Denver. With Chuck Hayes out with a sprained ankle, Houston had a weak defensive presence down low, giving away too many easy baskets to Aldridge and getting outscored 46-28 in the paint.
Houston trailed 54-48 at halftime, but Portland pulled away with a 12-0 run to extend to lead to 75-58 with 2:14 left in the third quarter. Portland went up 19 after back-to-back fastbreak dunks by Dante Cunningham and Batum, and eventually led by 23.
Backup point guard Mills gave the Trail Blazers a lift in the second quarter, containing Brooks on defense and scoring 12 before halftime. Portland went up by double digits after Batum converted a three-point play to make it 45-33.
Martin scored the Rockets' last seven points of the half to cut the deficit to six.
NOTES: The Rockets' last win over a team with a winning record was Dec. 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Portland has beaten the Rockets four straight times at the Rose Garden. ... Matthews was just 3 of 12 from the field but made all seven of his free throw attempts.