The Trail Blazers defeated the Rockets 122-120 in overtime at Houston’s Toyota Center on Sunday to take a 1-0 series lead.
• Night of his life. LaMarcus Aldridge didn’t answer definitively when asked if he had just completed the best game of his career. He did admit that he was taking home the game ball and that he would add it to his collection, but he hemmed and hawed otherwise. In all honesty, Aldridge could have sat at the podium in complete silence; rarely does a performance so thoroughly speak for itself.
The 28-year-old three-time All-Star is no stranger to big nights, but he’s never accomplished anything in the vicinity of his 46-point, 18-rebound outing against the Rockets. He surpassed his career-high (44 points), his postseason career-high (31) points, the Blazers’ postseason franchise scoring record (45 points), and he put together a scoring/rebounding combination that has come along roughly five years since the mid-1980s. He entered Sunday with just 18 playoff appearances and four playoff double-doubles; he left Sunday with that game ball and home court advantage.
“It’s an honor. It’s surreal. I’m truly blessed,” Aldridge said afterwards. “I’ve been a Trail Blazer all my life. I want to try to break every record if I can.”