Chris Paul, Eric Gordon shred Portland defense to overcome big return by Damian Lillard

\Chris Paul and Eric Gordon combined for 67 points to lift Houston to a 121-112 victory over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night at Toyota Center.

Paul scored 37 points and dished out 11 assists while Gordon added 30 points for the Rockets (29-11), who won for the third time in five games without James Harden in the lineup. Harden, the NBA's leading scorer at 31.3 points per game, missed his fifth straight with a hamstring strain.

Damian Lillard, returning to the Portland lineup after sitting out two games with an injured calf muscle, scored 29 points with eight assists. CJ McCollum chipped in 24 points for the Blazers (22-19), who saw the end to a three-game win streak.

Houston led 25-19 after one quarter and 55-45 at halftime. The Rockets were ahead 103-89 midway through the fourth quarter when Lillard fueled an 11-0 run to draw the Blazers within 103-100 with 3:45 remaining. Portland could get no closer.

NOTES — Portland heads to New Orleans for a Friday game, the third stop on a four-game trip that concludes Sunday at Minnesota. … The Blazers have scored at least 110 points in each of their last six games. … Evan Turner scored 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting, and Ed Davis came off the bench for 11 points and 10 rebounds, making 4 of 4 shots from the field, for Portland.

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