Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard will play vs. Houston Rockets

Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard will play vs. Houston Rockets

As for the Blazers, Damian Lillard (right calf strain) has missed the last two games, and he also missed five consecutive games between December 22 and January 1.

Paul's trey upped Houston's lead to 111-104, but Lillard answered with a driving layup to make it 111-106 with 1:38 remaining. On the other side, the over is a flawless 7-0 in the Rockets' last seven home games, is 11-5-1 in their last 17 games overall, and is 9-1 in their last 10 conference games. So this is the flawless game for the Rockets to get another victory and build some confidence without James Harden.

Eric Gordon added 30 points, knocking down five 3-pointers, while Clint Capela and Tarik Black chipped in 13.

In his first game back after missing three games with a right calf strain, Lillard led the Blazers with 29 points on 9-of-16 shooting to go with eight assists and five rebounds. The Blazers (22-18) have defeated the San Antonio Spurs and Thunder in their last two games and won six of their last eight overall, surging to fifth place in the Western Conference standings.

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The Warriors star scored 40 points but Golden State struggled without Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

Chicago Bulls center Lauri Markkanen exploded for a career-high 33 points with 10 rebounds in a 122-119 double-overtime win over the New York Knicks.

Gordon and Paul each scored 13 points to carry the Rockets to a 55-45 halftime lead.

Lou Williams led the way with a career-high 50 points as the Clippers upstaged the Warriors.