PORTLAND – The Portland Trail Blazers kept alive their playoff hopes with an 88-77 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game Five of their Western Conference series on Tuesday.
Houston Rockets forward Shane Battier (R) wrestles with Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy for a loose ball during the fourth period of Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference playoff series in Portland, Oregon, April 28, 2009. [Agencies]
Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge both scored 25 points to pull the Trail Blazers within one game of the Rockets, who lead the series 3-2.
Luis Scola led the Rockets with 21 points, while Yao Ming added 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Houston held a four-point lead with 9:34 to play but the Trail Blazers went on a 15-0 run to overturn the deficit and seal the victory.
Game Six is in Houston on Thursday.