Chase Budinger scored 22 points leading the Rockets to a 103-96 victory over Portland at Rose Garden on Wednesday.
Bettors who backed the Rockets were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as an underdog of 8 at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go OVER the closing total of 195.5.
Houston got 16 points from Courtney Lee and another 12 points from Luis Scola. Kyle Lowry contributed 5 assists, while Chandler Parsons cleaned the glass with 8 rebounds.
Portland got 21 points from Jamal Crawford in a losing cause and another 20 points from Gerald Wallace. Raymond Felton contributed 6 assists for the Trail Blazers, while Gerald Wallace had 9 rebounds.
Houston led at halftime, 60-46.
Houston won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 39-29.
Next game, Houston takes its act on the road to face Phoenix looking for another win. For Portland, they head on the road to face New Orleans.